June 21st-27th is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

Office of the Texas Governor, Greg Abbott
Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

Celebrate Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2020

Deaf-Blind Awareness Week was first celebrated in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation in recognition of the birth of Helen Keller. Since then, Deaf-Blind Awareness Week has been used as a time to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the deaf-blind community, while recognizing the work still to be done.

Proclamation: https://www.helenkeller.org/sites/default/files/docs/ronald_reagan_dbaw_proclamation.pdf

The theme for this year’s week is “Deaf-Blind. And Thriving.” The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) notes, “of all the obstacles people who are deaf-blind overcome, misconceptions don’t have to be one of them.” Deaf-blind people thrive in their everyday lives- at work, at play, and at home. They work as computer programmers, teachers, and television hosts! According to HKNC, companies with people who are deaf-blind are more productive, have higher company morale, and are nearly twice as likely to be innovative. By providing the right supports, we can make the community more accessible and inclusive for people who are deaf-blind.

Helen Keller National Center: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/dbaw
Television hosts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esE7V04OAv8

What is Deaf-Blindness?


Deaf-blindness encompasses a range of visual and auditory impairments. For more information on deaf-blindness, check out some of the great organizations listed below:

American Association of the Deaf-Blind: http://www.aadb.org/
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc
National Center on Deaf-Blindness: https://www.nationaldb.org/
World Federation of the DeafBlind: https://www.wfdb.eu/
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB): https://www.nfadb.org/

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is gathering information about support service provider (SSP) and co-navigator (CN) services for deaf-blind Texans to help develop these programs. If you or a loved one receive these services or can provide input, please complete our survey by Friday, July 10, 2020.

GCPD Deaf-Blind Services Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PN68G8S

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Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities



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