It was the first time NTID had conducted the role-playing exercise at Kodak or any other company, said Barbara Ray Holcomb, an instructor of American Sign Language at NTID, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The school has taken the exercise to schools, hospitals and other nonprofits a number of times. Kodak
deserves praise for exposing employees to the struggles of the deaf, Holcomb
said."It will be an eye-opener for the community," she
said."It shows they (Kodak) care about us."
The idea of the exercise is to teach empathy and "to remove the myth that all deaf people use sign language and that they are handicapped," Holcomb