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Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) 2010

  • 26 Sep 2010
  • 30 Sep 2010
  • Recognized nationally
For those librarians and deaf library friends wishing to make plans soon to observe the last week of September as Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) or related name in local communities
 
Background information: Deaf Awareness Week was originated in 1975 by the National Association of the Deaf www.nad.org.  Today the purpose of the week is to promote culture, heritage and language unique to deaf Americans   (source: Chase's Annual Calendar)
 
NAD is an organizational member of the World Federation of the Deaf www.wfdeaf.org which initiated the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) in 1958 with a purpose to "strengthen solidarity among deaf people and to call attention to concerns important to deaf people."  
 
There are many ways to observe the week in 2010.  The nation's public libraries will be displaying books, videos and other library materials in their lobby with a focus on American Sign Language and its history during the week.   
 
Many NAD affiliates also have worthy resources to share with local libraries for observing the week. 


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