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Dear Prospective Sponsor:

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites you to sponsor its upcoming ARTiculating Deaf Experiences Conference in beautiful Rochester, NY during November 6-9, 2019 at RIT/NTID and the Memorial Art Gallery. This is our first year hosting the annual conference and we expect to have approximately 250 in attendance based on initial interest alone. The conference will offer an in-depth analysis of classics in sign language literature, Deaf View Image Art (De’VIA), Deaf Cinema, and Deaf Theater. Conference sponsorship is a proven and effective means for encouraging brand awareness and establishing new relationships with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

This year holds a special significance, as 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the De’VIA Manifesto and the 10th anniversary of the Surdism Manifesto. Surdism is the international Deaf arts movement, which advocates for using the arts to bring about social justice. These anniversaries will foster cross-pollination among various genres, communities, universities and nations. To celebrate, the conference is making a concerted effort to offer a variety of events such as presentations, workshops, entertainment, films, and academic readings. Participants include Deaf Studies, scholars of ASL interpreters, artists, educators, local deaf communities, and other interested parties.

We hope you will join us in sponsoring this unique opportunity to expand scholarly publication of Deaf Culture. If you have an idea for an opportunity that is not listed, let us know and we will work with you! To become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact our conference sponsorship coordinator.

Kenzie Robbins
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
v: 585-475-5024

Single – Event Sponsorship

The ARTiculating Deaf Experiences Conference will offer a variety of single events which may be sponsored. These include keynote speakers, entertainment, panel discussions, etc. The benefits of single sponsorships generally include the opportunity for a representative to introduce the event, and other considerations. The details of these sponsorships, including costs, will be negotiated individually.

Other Opportunities

We will insert literature advertising your organization, products, and /or services into bags each participant at the conference receives. This service is available for just $150.

You may choose to give the conference a gift from your company to be included in the aforementioned bag. Please be sure to assign a monetary value for your in-kind donation.

Door prizes such as televisions, gift baskets, gift certificates, and the like are also welcomed and appreciated.

Contributions of any size are welcome! All donations are tax deductible.

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Service Bridges, Inc. is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. Each day’s program is offered to CMP/ACET participants for 0.6 CEUs/day in the Linguistic & Cultural Studies area of Professional Studies at the some Content Knowledge Level. Partial units will not be awarded (i.e. 0.2 for attending morning session) and participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Contact Service Bridges at for cancellation policy.