Helen Keller sitting holding a magnolia flower

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager

Helen Keller sitting holding a magnolia flower
Helen Keller sitting holding a magnolia flower. Source: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library.

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week is always celebrated the last week of June. This started in 1984, when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating the last week of June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.” This week long celebration is the kick off of the national advocacy campaign, in recognition of the achievements and capabilities of people who are deaf-blind.

The commemoration of Helen-Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week provides great opportunities to:

  • Educate the Public about Deaf Blindness
  • Recognize the achievements of people within the deaf-blind community
  • Bring together the deaf-blind community and make new friends
  • Raise awareness to the public, community groups and corporate entities on the issues people living with deaf blindness experience in their day-to-day lives
  • Carry out media releases and digital campaigns that can help assist securing funds for public services centered to the handicapped
  • Promote a range of services offered by the deaf-blind community

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