Eleven deaf leaders from the Philippines visit Rochester School for the Deaf

Posted at: 05/13/2013 7:17 PM

There were a very special group of visitors Monday for students at the Rochester School For The Deaf.

Eleven deaf leaders from the Philippines will spend three weeks in the Rochester area. They started their tour of Rochester at the school on St. Paul Street.

The three week visit is hosted by the non-profit group, Discovering Deaf Worlds.

News10NBC spoke to the group's executive director. He said although sign language varies across the world, there is still a bond, no matter what country you're from.

Davin Searls, Executive Director, Discovering Deaf Worlds, said, "Deaf people all over the world experience the same communication issues. The fact that they use a visual language, that's an instant bond. Whenever I meet deaf people all over the world, we have an instantaneous bond that we have mutual shared experiences."

While in Rochester, the leaders from the Philippines will also meet with leaders from RIT's NTID, the University of Rochester and the Center for Disability Rights. They'll also make stops at the Eastman House and the Lilac Festival.