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Deafblind Awareness Week: June 25 to July 1, 2023

Deafblind Awareness Week, observed at the end of June each year, aims to increase awareness of individuals who have combined vision and hearing loss. The timing recognizes and honors the birth of Helen Keller, the renowned “champion for people who are blind or deafblind,” on June 27, 1880. Established in 1984, this commemoration calls attention to the accomplishments and needs of those who are both blind and deaf. Although many people think those with these dual sensory losses cannot see or hear, most individuals who are DeafBlind “have some degree of usable vision and/or hearing,” according to a post on the Paths to Literacy website. However, the combination of hearing and vision loss causes “’severe communication and other developmental and educational needs.” Therefore, children who are identified as DeafBlind are “singled out educationally because impairments of sight and hearing require thoughtful and unique educational approaches in order to ensure that…(they) have the opportunity to reach their full potential.” This year’s awareness campaign celebrates the strengths and contributions of those who are DeafBlind in the workplace. Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) provides resources and suggestions to join in the celebration, including information about the DeafBlind community; pointers on how to raise awareness among employers, elected officials, and online; and more. Find out additional details from the Helen Keller Services webpage on DeafBlind Awareness Week 2023. More information about the occasion and about DeafBlindness are provided on the Paths to Literacy announcement Celebrating Deafblind Awareness Week.