GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD SIGNED A PROCLAMATION TO DECLARE DEAF AWARENESS WEEK THIS WEEK!

Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation to declare the week of Sept. 22-28 as Deaf Awareness Week per request from the Department of Human Rights.

Via Iowa State Daily.com: Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation request from the Iowa Department of Human Rights to declare the week of Sept. 22 to 28 as Deaf Awareness Week. 

“[Gov. Branstad] did so because proclamations are a way to highlight particular issues and promote particular items,” said Tim Albrecht, communications director for Branstad. “The governor thought this was a really important issue to make sure we recognize the important contributions the deaf community makes on behalf of the people of Iowa.” 

Iowa is home to 307,400 to 430,300 deaf or hard of hearing people. The large range of approximation is due to some deaf citizens’ hesitance to share they are deaf on the census, Vizzini said.

Schedule Outline:

Monday, Sept. 23
3:30-4:00 How to use an interpreter
6:30-7:00 Tips from a deaf person
7:00-8:30 Living in Iowa panel discussion

Tuesday, Sept. 24
6:00-7:00 Sports Night

Wednesday, Sept. 25
4:00-4:30 How to use an interpreter; speech and hearing

Thursday, Sept. 26
7:00-9:00 American Sign Language Club

Friday, Sept. 27
10:30-11:00am Book Babies
3:15-3:45 Tips from a deaf person
3:45-5:15 Living in Iowa discussion panel

Deaf Awareness Week
Iowa State Daily
Each day of the week will host a different event on raising deaf awareness at University of Iowa. Schedule Outline: Monday, Sept. 23. 3:30-4:00 How to use an interpreter; 6:30-7:00 Tips from a deaf person; 7:00-8:30 Living in Iowa panel discussion
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