Deaf History Month March 13 – April 15

The dates for Deaf History Month coincide with the installment of the first deaf president at Gallaudet University, America’s first university for the deaf on March 13, 1988, and the opening of the first school for the deaf in the United States on April 15, 1817.

On the first day of National Deaf History Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, of Ohio introduced a resolution to recognize March 13th through April 15th as “National Deaf History Month.” .

Longtime library advocate for the deaf, Alice Hagemeyer, in a press release shared on ALA Connect noted that the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) have long worked to promote American Deaf Community library access, offering quality deaf culture resources for all.



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