Deaf Access Services 40th Anniversary Gala

Date: April 20th, 2023
Time: April 20th, 2022
Location: Shea's Buffalo Theatre




We’re pleased to share that Deaf Access Services, an affi liate of People Inc., will celebrate our 40th Anniversary in April 2023! Our team has been working hard planning the big milestone that will capture the essence of celebrating not only our agencies, but also Deaf and hard of hearing communities!

The event will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. More information will be announced soon, including a time, presenters and entertainment planned. Updates will be shared on our website and the Deaf Access Services Facebook page: and facebook. com/WNYDAS

Another teaser we have to share about our big celebration is the anniversary graphic. As a celebration of all that Deaf Access Services represents, it was important that the anniversary symbol concept be designed by a Deaf person. This concept was designed by Ben Wenzel and incorporates visual representations of American Sign Language (ASL) and our community.

American Sign Language is one of the most important aspects of Deaf culture – our language. The hands are ASL signs for the number forty. Ben incorporated the number 40 behind the hands to remain inclusive to those who do not use American Sign Language. The semi-circle represents a sunrise – a new beginning. The skyline is of our beloved Buffalo, which is one of the many communities where Deaf Access Services and People Inc. provides supports. Buffalo is also home to one of the biggest Deaf communities.

As we celebrate 40 years of serving Deaf and hard of hearing communities, we look forward to even more decades of supporting and continuing to expand our services.

Various anniversary event sponsorship opportunities will be available. For more information, contact David Wantuck at or Jodie Chibi at


Websites to purchase tickets, give donations, and have a chance to sponsor our event will be up soon. Stay tuned! 




Event Type: Fundraising Events

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