Statewide Outreach Center and TSD present ASL Expressions

September 24, 2020 - Austin, Texas – From stages, arenas, living rooms and home studios - bringing you an exciting lineup of deaf talent and artistry illustrating the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL).

Register, then connect today at 6:30 p.m. CST to ASL Expressions via YouTube or Facebook Live to celebrate this annual Deaf Awareness Week, brought to you by the Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).

ASL Expressions is a virtual showcase of performances, incorporating artistry and ASL, which are a rich part of Deaf culture.

Hosted by emcee, Crystal Kelley Schwartz, a sign language interpreter, educator, consultant, and mentor who has her own style of performing rhythm and poetry.

Schwartz invites everyone to connect to ASL Expressions and “experience hope and positivity through different performances by deaf and hard of hearing individuals.”

The showcase features local talent, including TSD students, and well-knowns, like Matthew Maxey, Megg Rose, Matthew Schwartz and more, coming together to share with you their own unique performance styles in poetry, storytelling, dance and music.

Also referred to as International Week of the Deaf, Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated annually by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), its national associations and affiliates globally during the last full week of September to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held.


WHAT:             ASL Expressions – A Celebration of Deaf Awareness

                        Showcasing Deaf Talent, Deaf Culture and Deaf Artistry

WHEN:             Thursday, September 24, 2020

                        6:30 – 8:00 p.m. CST

WHERE:          Register here: for the link to YouTube or Facebook Live.

MORE:            Your trusted resource for deaf education in Texas, visit the Statewide Outreach Center for more events and information.


ASl Expressions flyer



ABOUT THE STATEWIDE OUTREACH CENTER AT TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: Your trusted resource in deaf education, the Statewide Outreach Center (SOC) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) carries forth the second tenet of the school’s mission through outreach with the resources and expertise of TSD shared with students who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families, and professionals anywhere across the state. Working collaboratively with a variety of partner agencies, family-focused groups and schools across Texas, the SOC offers a network of support, in-depth information and quality resources for those who need it. To learn more visit:, and follow the SOC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: The Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) is the oldest continuous operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf,