Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) is the last full week (Sunday through Saturday) of September, in commemoration of the first World Congress of the Deaf held that week in 1951.  The objectives of Deaf Awareness Week are:


  • 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)

(Info taken from

As a Deaf Educator, this week is very important to me.  It is my goal this week to empower my students and help them to believe that their deafness should not keep them from doing and accomplishing everything they want to in life.  D-PAN, the Deaf Performing Artists Network, has produced two AMAZING videos that I would love for you to watch if you have the time. 

Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful”

John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change”

Also, if you remember, watch KOTV Channel 6 news in the morning to see my students signing the school lunch menu (my students are Mya and Keith).  I’m very proud of them!!!


One Comment on “Deaf Awareness Week”

  1. Wow. Watched the John Mayer video. So moving. And thanks for the heads up on watching your kiddos. I’ll set my alarm!

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