Updated: Jun 25
By Eric Zhu
Many of us are familiar with the remarkable story of Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing at just 19 months old. Despite initial challenges with communication, she went on to pursue her education, eventually becoming a world-renowned author, political activist, disability-rights advocate, and lecturer. She published countless successful books about her life and cofounded the American Civil Liberties Union. Keller was and remains an inspiration to so many, and her story has played a major role in shifting perceptions of the deaf and blind communities.
To commemorate Keller’s life accomplishments and all that she represents for the disability community, we celebrate DeafBlind Awareness Week each year at the end of June in accordance with Keller’s birthday (June 27th). Here’s some ways that you can get involved with spreading awareness this June.
Spreading Awareness through Social Media
One easy and effective way to show your support is by using the #DeafBlindAwarenessWeek hashtag and posting about deafblindness online.
Share your Story
If you or anyone you know has experienced vision or hearing loss, you could share your experience. Your story is crucial in helping others gain a deeper understanding of deafblindness.
Businesses can get involved too! Book a free deafblind awareness talk to educate your staff about accessibility for those experiencing sight or hearing loss in the workplace.