New center plans to support Montana’s deaf community

GREAT FALLS – Hollis Fudge, along with two of his children, is deaf and he and his wife, Amanda, feel it is important for them to have a good community to be involved in.

“I want to encourage the hearing community to be involved and take advantage of deaf perspective,” Amanda said.

Hollis said they love Great Falls and brainstormed ways to connect and grow.

He is now on the board of directors for Conservatory ASL Northwest (CAN) which will be a launchpad for ideas in the ASL (American Sign Language) community.

CAN’s goal is to connect, cultivate, and empower deaf and hearing signers of all ages by facilitating both knowledge sharing and social interactions in ASL.