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Let’s celebrate Deaf History Month!

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Every year from March 13th through April 15th, everyone should join in and celebrate Deaf History Month. This month is dedicated to those within the Deaf community who have advocated for change for those within the Deaf communities across the country and the world.  

 Some argue what the key moments within the American History for the Deaf are, but these three moments truly stand out. On April 15, 1817, a charter was signed to allow for the establishment of the first Deaf school in America in Hartford, Connecticut, which was called the American School for the Deaf. On April 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter for the establishment of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., which is the only university for the Deaf in the world. Lastly, on March 13, 1988, Deaf protestors initiated the “Deaf President Now” movement, in which Gallaudet students demanded that the university have someone in charge who understood their needs and challenges. Someone I know personally was there and she said the excitement of voting for the eventual  first Deaf President of Gallaudet was very overwhelming and she could feel the electricity in the air from everyone around her.

 Make sure you check back to our site for more interesting facts and other information about Deaf History Month!  

Check out our catalog for just a sampling of some of the books to learn more about Deafness and Deaf Culture!  

Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte 

Fighting in the Shadows: The Untold Story of Deaf People in the Civil War by Harry G. Lang 

The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices by Gerald Shea 

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy  

The Deaf Community in America by Melvia Nomeland  

Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg 


Check out some titles in Hoopla or Libby: 

The Most Absurd Myths About Deafness by Karla M.V. (Hoopla) 

Baltimore’s Deaf Heritage by Kathleen Brockway (Hoopla) 

Detroit’s Deaf Heritage by Kathleen Brockway (Hoopla)  

Deaf In a City of Music by Poppy O’guin Steele (Hoopla-more for adults)  

Mother, Father, Deaf (documentary on Hoopla)   

Learn American Sign Language by James W. Guida (Libby/Overdrive)