Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
June 30, 2021 by eMedEvents

Each year, the last week in June recognizes Helen Keller, and what she did for the deaf-blind community.  Born on June 27th, 1880, this week celebrates her life, as well as the blind, deaf, and hard-of-hearing people.  President Ronald Reagan originally set this time aside in 1984, and declared it to be “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week”, acknowledging not only Helen Keller, but also the contributions of those who have been champions of advocating the rights of persons with this disability.  Several events, celebrations, and campaigns are being carried out throughout the world and in the U. S. as well to promote education for those children and adults having deaf and blind issues.

Who was Helen Keller?

Helen Keller has a special place in American history as she was the first among the deaf and blind people to get her Bachelor of Arts degree from Radcliffe College.  Born on June 27, 1880, in Alabama,  Helen Keller developed sight and hearing issues contracting an illness at the age of two.  This did not stop her from becoming a well-known advocate and lecturer.  She was also well-known as  being one of the leading humanitarians of the 20th century, as her work made a huge impact on the deaf and blind community. She proved that disability cannot stop a person from living a dignified life.

 

Anne Sulivan, who worked closely with Keller as a teacher, helped her to efficiently communicate with students and colleagues and together, they did exceptional work for deaf and blind people across the globe. Because of their tireless work, deaf and blind persons were more able to live and work in all walks of life.

 

 

According to the 2018 report of The  National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), about 32.2 million adults have vision loss. 

As per the 2008 report by the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, about 40,000 American adults are deaf-blind.

What causes people to become Deaf-Blind?

Several studies show that about 50% of deaf-blind cases have Usher Syndrome which is a genetic condition from birth.

 

Three Known types of Usher Syndrome:

  1. Someone is born deaf and loses vision gradually with time.
  2. Someone born hard of hearing and loses vision later on.
  3. Someone born with normal vision and hearing and loses both senses later.
     

 The Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults says that the inclusion of deaf and blind people helps companies in yielding better results as they boost company morale, production, and double innovation. Today, deaf and blind people have more opportunities to get involved with their communities through many local activities and employment.

Several nonprofit organizations work for the betterment of deaf and blind people. The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind is one of the leading and biggest organizations serving deaf and blind people and their families to avail better services, support, and increase awareness throughout the  Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.

 

 

While much has been done in this area, there is still a lot more that can be accomplished for the deaf and blind community.   As a healthcare professional you can play your part by continuing to innovate the care needed for deaf and blind people. Spread awareness and celebrate the Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week with passion and understanding.

 

To get more insights about Helen Keller and Deaf-Blind disorder, sign up the  below eMedEvents:

  1. American Deafness and Rehabilitation  Association ( ADARA) Breakout Conference 2022

Organizer: American Deafness and Rehabilitation  Association ( ADARA)

Start Date: Mar 12, 2022

End Date: Mar 16, 2022

Ticket Cost: Free

  1. Pediatric Cataract ( for ABO Credit)

Organizer: Jobson Healthcare Information (JHI) LLC

Start Date: Nov 01, 2017

End Date: Oct 23, 2022

Credits: CME 1

Ticket Cost: Free

Keywords: 

Helen Keller, Helen Keller Deaf-Blindness, National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, National Family Association for Deaf-Blind, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, educational programs for deaf and blind.  

References:

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss
  2. https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/who-is-worthy-deaf-blind-people-fear-that-doctors-wont-save-them-from-the-coronavirus
  3. https://www.afb.org/online-library/unseen-minority-0/chapter-25
  4. https://www.loc.gov/nls/resources/deaf-blindness/
  5. https://www.statista.com/statistics/236347/number-of-disabled-youth-in-the-us/#:~:text=Read%20more-,Number%20of%203%20to%2021%20year%20olds%20who,and%20blind%2C%20U.S.%201990%2D2020&text=In%20the%20academic%20year%20of,Disabilities%20Education%20Act%20(IDEA).
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