Celebrate Deaf Awareness Week with Texas School for the Deaf


Contact: Keena Miller
Phone: 512-462-5328 cell: 512-658-4444
Email: [email protected]




September 20, 2019 – Austin, Texas – Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated annually during the last full week of September to increase public awareness about issues, people and culture.

Today is the Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) first football game of the season on home turf and the school kicks off its’ Deaf Awareness Week celebration on grid iron at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Atlas Rattlers.

The TSD Rangers are also celebrating the team’s recent pick as one of Riddell’s Smarter Football Grants winners announced just this week by legendary NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning.

This Sunday at the Austin Bold FC Stadium, TSD and Austin ISD students will be recognized and perform the National Anthem during pre-game of Bold’s match-up vs. the Las Vegas Lights at 6:00 p.m. Discounted Buy One-Get One tickets are available at: https://offer.fevo.com/austin-bold-fc-vs-las-vegas-lights-fc-f5hc6js-0debb9e?fevoUri=austin-bold-fc-vs-las-vegas-lights-fc-f5hc6js-0debb9e%2F.

Monday morning at 8:45 a.m., TSD will hold an inaugural flag ceremony on the TSD field, and raise the Deaf Union Sign flag.

Monday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., TSD teams with Austin’s Central Library, featuring a very special line-up of ASL Expressions. Live streamed and free to the public, storytellers, poets, and performers will take over the new downtown library’s event space, showcasing the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL). ASL interpreted library tours will start at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, some students will tune in while others will experience Deaf Pioneers at TSD from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. With presentations and activity kits sent to all remote attendees ahead of time, students will meet and work hands-on with professionals who are deaf and hard of hearing role models currently working in a variety of computer technology and STEM fields.

Wednesday evening, learn all about Austin’s Congress Avenue bat colony when you hop on board with the Austin Tour Company for a special Bat Cruise at 6:30 p.m., featuring ASL interpreters. Get started with a pre-cruise happy hour at The YETI Barr, from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. where all guests enjoy one complimentary beverage and 30% off any YETI Products. The Bat Cruise includes complimentary cocktails, beer, cider, wine and sparkling water, along with VIA313 Pizza and chips/salsa from Jaime’s Spanish Village. A DJ and photo booth will also be on board, and tickets are only $39 at AustinTourCompany.com.

Wrapping up Deaf Awareness Week, on Friday, TSD will host a closing ceremony for students and community members at 1:20 p.m.

Friday evening, TSD invites everyone to St. Elmo Brewing Company to take part in a community showcase, featuring live ASL performances, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20, 2019
Kick-off 7:00 p.m.
Varsity Football Home Game
TSD Rangers vs. Atlas Rattlers
TSD Gamblin Field – 1102 South Congress Ave.

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Pre-game 5:00 p.m.; Kick-off 6:00 p.m.
Student Night
Austin Bold vs. Las Vegas Lights
Bold Stadium – 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Del Valle

Monday, September 23, 2019
Inaugural Deaf Sign Union Flag Ceremony 8:45 a.m.
TSD Gamblin Field – 1102 South Congress Ave.
ASL Expressions 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Austin Central Library Tours 4:00 p.m.
Austin Central Public Library – 710 West Cesar Chavez St.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Deaf Pioneers 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
TSD R.L. Davis Auditorium – 1102 South Congress Ave.
Bat Cruise
Check-in and Pre-Cruise Happy Hour 5:30 p.m.
YETI Barr – 220 South Congress Ave.
Bat Cruise 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Capital Cruises’ Dock – 208 Barton Springs Rd.

Tickets: https://austintourcompany.rezdy.com/65514/the-bat-boat

Friday, September 27, 2019
ASL Showcase 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
St. Elmo Brewery – 440 East St. Elmo Rd.


The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.

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