Celebrate Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

This week marks the 30th annual Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. This began with President Reagan issuing a proclamation for national advocacy of achievements of those in the Deaf-Blind community. To celebrate this week and our friends and family that are deaf-blind, here’s some information to help you understand and take action!

Definition

“Deafblindness means concomitant hearing and vision impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness”. (IDEA, 2004)

Statistics

  • There are  approximately 70,000 people in the US that are deaf-blind
  • 10,000 are children and youth
  • The causes for Deaf-Blindness are related to 200 different conditions and over half of them are genetic.

 

Educate Yourself

Take Action

If you’d like to get involved as an advocate for the deaf-blind in our community, there are multiple ways.

For more details head over to the Minnesota DeafBlind Project.