STAUNTON, Va. — The Virginia Association of the Deaf got a clear signal that it was welcomed to the Shenandoah Valley from its host hotel, the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Cener
Conference services, sales, front desk and food and beverage staff learned to sign “hello,” “please,” “thank-you,” “good-bye,” and simple questions like “Would you like coffee?” so they could better communicate with the 100 attendees to VAD’s 56th biennial conference in July.
“It was easy and the staff were eager to learn,” said Holly Boggs, director of marketing. “It’s simple things that make meeting attendees know you care.”
VAD returned to Staunton for the first time in 10 years, and for its first conference at the Stonewall Jackson, which was built in 1924, 40 years after VAD was founded in Staunton in 1884.
During its three days in Staunton, VAD had cocktail hours and dinners at the hotel, a reception at the American Frontier Culture Museum, a tour of the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and trolley tours of the city.
The 124-room hotel, in downtown, reopened in 2005 after a $22 million renovation. It is within walking distance of galleries, antique stores, artisan shops, the American Shakespeare Center and many restaurants.
Staunton is 90 minutes from Richmond on Interstate 64 and two hours from Washington on Interstate 81.
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