Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 23 – 29, 2019

Introduction

Graphic: Deaf-Blind Awareness week hero image. Text reads, Inspiring connections, mutually life changing moments can become reality when you reach out to members of the deaf-blind community.

In recognition of the achievements of people who are deaf-blind, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) celebrates the last week in June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.”

Graphic Description: A man walks to a street corner to observe a man and woman communicating through tactile sign language. Text below reads, Making connections, mutually life-changing moments can become reality when you reach out to members of the deaf-blind community. Below the image, a white background with blue text which reads, Making an effort to experience meaningful encounters can make a world of difference. Sometimes when you least expect it, you experience an interaction that can change your life forever. Seek out those inspiring moments and look for ways to create connections inclusive of the deaf-blind community. Find out how we make connections at www.helenkeller.org/hknc. Below this text, the Helen Keller National Center logo, and small text which reads, photography courtesy of Scott Montgomery. Printing courtesy of SandyAlexander inc. Poster courtesy of Wunderman Thompson Health.
Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2019 Poster.

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

In 2019, we are celebrating Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week from June 23rd to June 29th. The theme this year is MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH THE DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY.

The essence of the message is that sometimes when you least expect it, you experience an interaction that can change your life forever. We want to inspire people to look for those moments and consciously create mutually awe-inspiring connections inclusive of members of the deaf-blind community. HKNC and its partners are engaging with people who are deaf-blind and making real connections. We all have the power to connect and create relationships that transcend any of our differences and bring enrichment to our lives and to our community.

Find out more about how people connect and find meaning in the experience at helenkeller.org.hknc.  

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

 

Links to General Information on deaf-blindness:

 

For more information, contact:

Marina Carroll
Development Officer
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY  11050
516-833-8310/ marina.carroll@hknc.org

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