September is Deaf Awareness Month & International Week of the Deaf Begins September 20

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September is Deaf Awareness Month and International Week of the Deaf begins September 20!

The first International Day of the Deaf was first celebrated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) in 1958. The day of awareness was later extended to a full week, becoming the International Week of the Deaf (IWD).

Deaf Awareness Week (IWD) is a national week of celebrating deafness. It is observed annually throughout the last full week of September (to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place in September 1951). The week focuses on promoting the positive aspects of deafness, encouraging social inclusion, and raising awareness of the organizations that support those who are deaf. It helps us see the highly concerted global advocacy to raise awareness about the Deaf Community on different levels. It is about gathering together, becoming united, and showing that unity to the rest of the world.

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Antonietta Alfano

Antonietta Alfano

Here are the local Deaf fringe shows that are happening this weekend and next. Support the Deaf ARTS/Artists:

The WXXI: Arts in Focus Segment on the Deaf Fringe Festival Show in 2019:

Tedx Talks from Deaf Individuals:

Best DEAF You tubers to learn ASL and culture:

To TAKE an ASL class without going to college, RSD (Rochester School for the Deaf) offers:

Update NY’s Accessibility Guru:

Best ASL apps:
The ASL app
Sign School

Hand Curated best Deaf Movies by Deaf Community:
Children of a Lesser God

Quiet Place I & II
The Miracle Worker


Antonietta Alfano is the Diet Technician for Residential Services at The Arc of Monroe. She is a Deaf motivational speaker, consultant and coach with a niche on Deaf culture, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and overcoming adversity.