Deaf History Month takes place annually from March 13th to April 15th. Deaf History Month is a chance for communities and employers to come together to improve their understanding and support the deaf community.
The history of Deaf History Month
Originating in March 1996, when two deaf employees of Washington DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library taught sign language to their colleagues, the library recognized the positive impact of this gesture and decided to create a week of events celebrating deaf culture.
This annual event quickly grew in popularity and has evolved to a monthly holiday that is now celebrated across the country.
Deaf History Month can be attributed to three major dates:
The month marks a celebration that continues to support a more inclusive mindset in all areas of society for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
How can businesses get involved?
“I really appreciate our partnership with Getting Hired as they’re assisting our students with finding employment with their employer partners” – Karen Cook, Director of the Career Center at Gallaudet University.
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