The National Association of the Deaf and the World Federation of the Deaf will be celebrating the International Week of the Deaf this fall during the week of September 23-27. For the last several years, the World Federation of the Deaf has identified yearly themes and this year’s theme in 2013 is Equality for Deaf People.
What can you do to be a part of the effort to support equal access for deaf people in all aspects of life?
Well, if you are a political activist / organizer you can organize a march, debate, campaign, or meeting to promote the rights of deaf people in your community or state. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has several national initiatives planned to promote its support for equality for deaf people. NAD is advocating to Congress that it ratify the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD). In a partnership with the US International Council on Disabilities (USICD) NAD is planning a “Contact Congress Day” that will include a visit to Capitol Hill for all who wish to participate. To learn more about the CRPD and the National Association of the Deaf’s advocacy, click on
If you believe that the personal is political, you can always advocate for equal communication access for yourself and for those whom you hold dear whenever you encounter the need. This could take the form of requesting sign language interpreting, speech-to-text services, or assistive listening devices at work, at church or synagogue, at live theatrical performances, at the movies, at the doctor’s office, at school. If you are unsure of how to advocate for what you need, do a web search on How to Advocate if You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and then browse the websites of the organizations you see. You will be amazed at how many local, statewide, and national resources come up in a web search!
Here at Alternative Communication Services, we advocate for methods that will improve communication access for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. We present at national conferences, we hold webinars for interested organizations, we reach out to businesses, convention planners, employers, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, and anyone who wants to learn more about making the spoken word accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. For more information on who we are and what we do, click http://www.acscaptions.com