Visiting Santa is a rite of passage for all children but it can be a disappointing experience for youngsters that are deaf or hard of hearing. Children receiving services at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha are invited to a very special event Saturday.
Cathy Corotta is the associate director for the Center for Childhood Deafness and says, “We want the children to have full access to Santa so that means if the child uses spoken language that means Santa and his helpers will use spoken language with them. If the child and family use sign language we want them to have a direct experience with a Santa who is competent in using sign language so that they can have that memorable and dear experience that all children deserve.”
Corotta says often times this event turns into a homecoming for former students and their teachers. Families come back on a yearly basis for a reunion. They rejoice on how students have grown and what they have accomplished since they were in the program.
The event also features face painting, cookie decorating, crafts and more.
The holiday party runs from 10:30 until noon in the main lobby of the Boys Town National Research Hospital at 555 North 30th Street in Omaha.