Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2020

We are celebrating Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week from June 21st to June 27th. 
The theme this year is DEAF-BLIND. AND THRIVING

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Image description: A screenshot of a zoom call with a woman in the center in a larger box. There are 5 other people in smaller squares across the top of the page. The words beneath the pictures says, "Of all the obstacles people who are deaf-blind overcome, misconceptions don't have to be one of them."

The essence of the message is that of all the obstacles people who are deaf-blind overcome, misconceptions don’t have to be one of them.  Not only do people who are deaf-blind thrive in the workplace, they make their workplaces thrive too.  Companies with people who are deaf-blind experience an increase in productivity, a boost in company morale, and are nearly twice as likely to be innovative. So forget everything you think you know about people who are deaf-blind and experience their positive impact for yourself. Learn how at  

HKNC is the only national agency that provides information, referral, support and comprehensive training exclusively to youths and adults who have a combined hearing and vision loss, their families and the professionals who work with them. 


Links to General Information on deaf-blindness:


For more information, contact:

Marina Carroll
Development Department
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY  11050

How did Deaf-Blind Awareness week come about?

This national advocacy campaign has been held each year since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation in recognition of this special week.    

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Community Tee Project

Navy blue t-shirt with a Deaf-Blind Awareness logo made by an HKNC staff person.  The impact of Covid-19 on our community businesses and organizations has been widespread with many facing uncertainty about what the future holds. The 'Community Tee Project' by Spectrum Designs is a way to help our community businesses at a time they need us most. Buy a shirt, support your favorite spot and represent your community.

100% of proceeds go to the businesses you support!

Buy a Deaf-Blind Awareness T-shirt and show your support!

Deaf-Blind Awareness poster PDF, Cover Letter and Suggested Activities

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