Deaf Awareness Week is annually observed throughout
the last full week of September. Join the celebration by taking
time to learn how Deaf students serve the entire community.
Teaching about deafness, lobbying elected officials, creating
a Successful Deaf Leaders Wall of Fame, and supporting local
organizations for the Deaf are ways that Deaf students can
contribute to the community at large. Here are some ideas
to get you started.
Leaders Wall of Fame
Learn how high schoolers have started an ever-growing Successful
Deaf Leaders Wall of Fame. Check out how students can start their own
wall of Successful
Create an instructional computer slide show that teaches the
alphabet or numbers in English and American Sign Language.
Present it to families and non-deaf students and teachers.
Research and build a list
of web sites about the Deaf Community. Share it with parents,
teachers, classmates, local librarians, and other interested
Make an ASL videotape of students signing fairy tales and/or
publish a Big Book with illustrations of the ABCs or numbers
in sign language and English. Donate them to a family center
or a local community service agency for the Deaf.
for Seniors Visit a senior citizens center. Demonstrate
signing. Offer to hold signing sessions for seniors with Deaf
or Hard of Hearing challenges.
Identify government agencies and laws that impact the Deaf
community. See how a Social Studies class lobbied elected
officials and interviewed Successful
Deaf Leaders in Government.
to Learn Make a difference in the classroom for physically
challenged children. Construct assistive
devices - slant boards, scooter boards, and incline blocks
- that help youngsters hold books more comfortably, move about,
and sit at desks.
This Season of Service page is brought to you by Claudia
who thanks her Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
colleagues, Sharon Clark, Thomas Lally, and Linda Samourian for