[embed-1]Jason Hurdich became a media sensation this past fall during Hurricane Matthew, serving as the Deaf interpreter for former governor Nikki Haley during her press conferences.

[image-2]Hurdich will visit CofC to give a talk, sponsored by the Center of Disability Services, Student Life and the College’s Sign Language Club, titled “The World Through Deaf Eyes: A Talk of Inclusion and Accessibility.” Sociology major Tonicha Henry spearheaded efforts to launch the College’s Sign Language Club in January and reached out to Hurdich to “open up a conversation about how the hearing community can make the world more accessible for the Deaf community.”

Hurdich, who was born deaf, recognizes that for “92 percent [of deaf children] there’s communication gaps even within their own homes.” Hurdich will discuss possible solutions for bridging gaps in the Deaf community, like increasing the prevalence of sign language and sign language interpreters in public school systems.

The talk is free and open to the public and takes place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Ballroom.