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Celebrating DeafBlind Awareness Month: Understanding and Supporting the Community

June is DeafBlind Awareness Month, a time to recognize and support the DeafBlind community. This month commemorates the birthday of Helen Keller, a trailblazing advocate for individuals with dual sensory loss.

Understanding DeafBlindness
DeafBlindness is a unique disability that combines varying degrees of vision and hearing loss. Each individual's experience is different, with some relying more on residual sight, hearing, or tactile communication.

Importance of Awareness
Awareness is crucial for creating an inclusive society. Understanding the challenges faced by DeafBlind individuals helps foster empathy and promotes accessible environments.

Ways to Support the DeafBlind Community

  1. Education: Learn about the specific needs and communication methods used by DeafBlind individuals, such as Braille, tactile signing, and assistive technologies.
  2. Advocacy: Support policies that promote accessibility and inclusion in public spaces, workplaces, and educational institutions.
  3. Community Engagement: Participate in events, volunteer with organizations that support the DeafBlind community, and amplify their voices through social media.

Resources for DeafBlind Awareness Month

  1. Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)
    • Provides comprehensive services for individuals who are DeafBlind, including training, resources, and advocacy.
  2. DeafBlind International (DbI)
    • A global network dedicated to improving the quality of life for DeafBlind individuals through collaboration, advocacy, and education.
  3. American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)
    • Focuses on ensuring the rights and opportunities for DeafBlind individuals through advocacy, education, and support services.
  4. NCDHHS Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH)
    • Provides a range of programs and services to support individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind, focusing on advocacy, accessibility, and community engagement.

DeafBlind Awareness Month is a time to celebrate resilience and promote inclusivity. At BEGINNINGS, we actively advocate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of those individuals by supporting parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. We offer resources, educational programs, and personalized guidance to help families understand their child’s hearing loss, navigate educational options, and access necessary services. Learn more about our resources for families at https://ncbegin.org/who-we-serve/parentsfamilies/

Our Impact 2022-2023

  • Total Families Served

    1,350

  • Home Visits Provided

    917

  • School Meetings Supported

    433

  • NC Counties Served

    90

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