Deaf-Blind Awareness Week June 25 – July 1, 2017
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating the last week of June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.” Every year since, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) has commemorated the week with a national advocacy campaign in recognition of the achievements and capabilities of people who are deaf-blind.
In 2017, we are celebrating Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week from June 25 to July 1, 2017. This year, we are promoting the power of touch.
In the 50 years since HKNC was founded (1967), communication technology has evolved dramatically. But even with new devices and touch signals, the deaf-blind community recognizes that there is a time and place for technology and a time and place to put it down and connect through the power of touch. In a world so focused on the digital sometimes the rest of us can forget about the tactile, the tangible. All of us can learn from the deaf-blind community and build relationships that are grounded in reality – because the best connection will always be human connection.
For further information, contact HKNC’s Development Department, 141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, New York, 11050; 516-833-8310 (VOICE), 516-944-8637 (TTY), 516-944-7302 (FAX), email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website – www.helenkeller.org/hknc.Click here for Ronald Reagan’s proclamation in PDF format.Click here for Ronald Reagan’s proclamation in Word format.Click here for a Sample Proclamation in Word format.Click here for a Sample Photo Release in Word format