September is Deaf Awareness Month, but it’s a reminder that we should make awareness about hearing loss and deafness year-long.
People who have deafness or hearing loss and work in the entertainment industry have advocated for more awareness about D/deaf issues.
“Seriously, I don’t find not being able to hear an obstacle or a boundary. For me and for many of us, it is an advantage and it’s a part of my identity in fact. It’s a huge part of who I am.”–Nyle DiMarco
“We really get to prove that the old saying is true — the only thing a deaf person can’t do is hear. I love that we show how diverse the deaf community is and how uniquely individual hearing loss is.”–Katie LeClerc
“The opportunity to communicate in sign language, one of the most beautiful languages in the world, is an advantage that deaf people enjoy. It’s a language that combines several elements at once with a simple hand movement and facial expression: meaning, affect, time and duration. It’s just so beautiful that printed or spoken words can’t begin to describe it.” —Marlee Matlin
“If I hadn’t lost my hearing, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It forced me to maximize my own potential. I have to be better than the average person to succeed.” —Lou Ferrigno
To celebrate Deaf Awareness Month 2016, here is a list of upcoming 2016-17 events for people who are D/deaf, their friends and family members, or for professionals who provide services for them.
If we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments below and we can add it.
Deaf Events 2016
Houston Focus Group on Deaf Discrimination and Disability Rights
UPDATe: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
Under the sponsorship of The Capsule Group, the focus group will meet at MMSC (Metropolitan Multi-Service Center) located at 1475 West Grey Street, Houston, TX 77019, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Deaf Celebration EXPO 2016
Sept. 24, 2016
Fort Worth, TX
Sign Shares, Inc. is one the event’s 55 exhibitors.
Steve C. Baldwin, Deaf author, will be selling his murder mystery book there: “Backspace.”
Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) Symposium
Oct. 1, 2016
New Braunfels, TX
The Houston Interpreters and Translators Association’s interpreter training: Consecutive Interpretation and Code of Ethics on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. The training will be provided during morning and evening hour sessions. It is approved for 8 hours of ATA; and is pending approval for: JBCC, ATA, CCHI and IMIA. The event includes 2 hours of ethics.
The trainer will be Virginia Valencia, a federally-certified court interpreter.
International Language Services Conference
Oct. 12, 2016
“The 5th annual International Language Services Conference will explore a 360° view of the interpreting encounter from start to finish, unifying all stakeholders in the process from the LEP patient to the hospital administrators, interpreter certifying organizations and educators, and compliance officials.”
Association for Machine Translation in the Americas
Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2016
American Translators Conference
(“the voice of interpreters and translators”)
Nov. 2-5, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Deaf Events 2017
Texas Transition Conference
Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (TSHA) Annual Convention and Exhibition
Feb. 23-25, 2017
Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) Houston National Conference
Sunday, April 2-Sunday, April 9, 2017
Forging Pathways to Health Care and Biomedical Science Careers, Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss
June 9-11, 2017
The event’s hosted by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.