Everyone invited to All Abilities Ball

The ASL (American Sign Language) and Deaf Culture Club at St. Scholastica is hosting its annual All Abilities Ball, an event that celebrates the spirit of community.

The dance takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the Benedictine Commons on campus. It is free and open to members of the public of all ages and abilities. This is the fourth year the dance has been held on campus, and the eighth year overall that it has been staged.

"We invite everybody of all abilities to a formal dance that includes an all inclusive and safe environment," said Gabriel Graves, president of the ASL and Deaf Culture Club. "Beyond hosting a Deaf DJ, we will have sign language interpreters, sensory rooms provided by the Occupational Therapy club on campus, and food and prizes for all!"

One of the "sensory rooms" will provide a quiet space for children who might feel overwhelmed by the environment. The other will provide games and other mentally engaging tasks for kids.