A&GS Celebrates: National Deaf History Month
National Deaf History Month normally spans from March 13 to April 15, but this year was voted to be pushed to April 1-30 by members of the Deaf community. The certain time span for National Deaf History Month is actually inspired by a few historical events:
“On April 15, 1817, America’s first public school for the deaf was opened. On April 8, 1864, Gallaudet University — the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the deaf and hard of hearing — was officially founded. And more than 100 years later, on March 13, 1988, Gallaudet hired its first deaf president in response to its students’ Deaf President Now movement. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) first introduced National Deaf History Month in 1997 and, in 2006, the American Library Association partnered with NAD in supporting and spreading awareness of this celebration.” [the National Deaf History Month website]
For more information about National Deaf History Month, check out the following links:
To read, celebrate, and learn more, see the following videos and resources:
We sincerely hope you will join us as we celebrate this month for the first-time! Take the time to read over these fantastic resources, articles, and websites and reflect on the contributions of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities.