What started as a summer-long American Sign Language volunteer service in the late 1970s has grown into the United States’ most extensive in all its national parks.
Yosemite’s History With Hearing Loss
Yosemite’s American Sign Language Program started after Maureen Fitzgerald acted as an interpreter for her partner Dale Dahl during a nature tour. Fitzgerald and Dahl eventually volunteered to interpret for deaf park visitors for a summer.
This eventually led to the creation of Yosemite’s Deaf Services Coordinator. Now the national park boasts a full-time ASL interpreter who also doubles as a park ranger. Yosemite has also previously employed a deaf guide who works with an interpreter during their nature tours.
Hearing Loss Services At Yosemite
Yosemite National Park offers:
- Assistive listening devices
- Deaf kits with a visual alert device for calls, visitors, and alarm clocks
- Captions on all video programs
- Trip planning and park orientation
- Deaf awareness training for employees
- Outreach to the deaf community
Deaf individuals are also eligible for the National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass. This program offers a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with disabilities. The pass provides discounts on amenities, including interpretive services at national parks.
Other National Parks With Hearing Services
Need to get your nature fix from the great outdoors? Check out these other national parks that offer hearing assistance services.
Hearing Associates is committed to providing you with top-quality hearing aids and services so you can get the most from your recreational activities. Call 888.760.2032 or contact us online for more information.