Hedy Udkovich-Stern imagines that a lot of people driving down Cerrillos Road past the New Mexico School for the Deaf wonder what goes on behind its walls.
That’s one reason the school and its AmeriCorps members — who teach American Sign Language to hearing parents and siblings of deaf students — hosted an American Sign Language/Deaf Culture event Saturday on the campus. Udkovich-Stern, the school’s family support specialist, gave hourly tours of the school’s museum, which is generally open to the public only by appointment.
School Superintendent Ronald Stern — only the eighth superintendent in the school’s roughly 125-year history — said via an interpreter Saturday that, “There are a lot of inaccurate myths and perceptions about us. If we open ourselves up to the public and increase ways for the public to integrate with our community, it will bode very well for all of us.”