The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week, to celebrate the culture, heritage, and language unique to deaf people of the world.
From NAD Site:
Keep your eyes open for events happening in your community.
To be able to differentiate between misconception and fact about deafness and deaf culture.
To understand the differences in the attitudinal approaches to deafness by the hearing public and deaf people themselves.
To learn about types, degrees, and causes of hearing loss and other audiological information.
To become familiar with terminology related to deafness.
To become familiar with various forms of sign language and other communication means.
To understand the functions of assistive devices used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
To better understand an interpreter’s role.
To learn about the types of educational programs and support services that are available to deaf persons.
To gain an understanding of the psychosocial aspects of deafness.
To become familiar with the services and resources that are available to the deaf community.
To learn relevant tips for communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people.
To have a better understanding of deaf culture.
To recognize that “Deaf People Can Do Anything Except Hear!” (I. King Jordan)