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Deaf Awareness Week spotlights diversity

Throughout the month of September 2013, the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) joins the world in promoting the annual Deaf Awareness Week (DAW). September 23rd – 28th is the time to celebrate the culture, heritage and language unique to Deaf people of the world.  Currently there are more than 55 million people in the United States experiencing some degree of hearing loss and in Arizona there are more than 700,000 people who are hard of hearing and more than 20,000 who are culturally Deaf.

Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world which includes education for Deaf people, access to information and services, the use of sign languages, and human rights for Deaf people.  Recognition of achievements by Deaf people, past and present is acknowledged.  The misconceptions of being Deaf and the challenges the Deaf population face during everyday life are brought to light and shared with the greater population. Learning sign language and other ways Deaf people communicate allows one to gain insights and better understanding of Deaf Culture and its norms.

Society should understand that Deaf individuals are just as capable, able, and intelligent as hearing individuals.  There is a difference in the way those that are Deaf communicate, but it is not a handicap or disability. Deaf Awareness Week is about promoting the positive aspects of being Deaf and “social inclusion” and raise awareness about Deaf people and its culture.
As we (the Deaf community) continue to face a variety of issues of barriers and oppression, we need to continue in being proactive with our actions, show pride in our identity as a Deaf individual, and constantly embrace and cherish the uniqueness of Deaf Culture.

An example of what ACDHH does in the community to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing is work with a variety of industries to better understand and communicate with deaf individuals. One of these industries is healthcare – a situation in which clear communication between a patient and service provider could mean the difference between life and death. ACDHH offers a free, comprehensive training course for healthcare providers in order to ensure proper information is being given and received.

Not only is it the responsibility of a healthcare provider to provide effective communication for the deaf and the hard of hearing, it’s the law. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, regardless of the provider’s size or number of employees. The healthcare providers’ curriculum offers valuable information on the options available to achieve the effective communication that is required without threatening the livelihood of the business.

Join ACDHH in celebrating Deaf Awareness throughout the month of September in recognizing the past, present, and future contributions and achievements that have paved the way to where we are today.

For more information on the events taking place during Deaf Awareness Week, please visit www.acdhh.org.

 

Beca Bailey and Sean Furman are both deaf specialists with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Information and referral, community development and outreach education are among the services they help provide. By informing deaf and hard of hearing individuals about their rights and the laws and programs available to support those rights, they, too, can become empowered as self-advocates.

Arizona Senate

Robert D. Dalager Confirmed by AZ State Senate, Named to AZ Commission

Attorney Robert D. Dalager of Phoenix-based law firm Gallagher & Kennedy, P. A. has been appointed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to the Commission on Trial Court Appointments for Maricopa County. This week he was confirmed by the Arizona State Senate into the new position.

Dalager is one of five attorneys out of 16 members that make up the Commission on Trial Court Appointments (Maricopa County Commission). The Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court serves as Chairman.

The members are tasked with reviewing judicial applications for Maricopa County Superior Court. They do so by conducting investigations, holding public hearings and taking public testimony.

Dalager was also appointed to the role of Chairman of the City of Phoenix Citizen’s Transit Commission by Phoenix Mayor Gordon in 2010.

Dalager’s practice focuses on governmental affairs and land use law at Gallagher & Kennedy. Before he joined the firm, Dalager was with the Arizona State Senate for nearly 10 years, assisting in the management of all aspects of Senate operations.

He also advised the President of the Senate and members of the majority party on a variety of legislative, as well as legal issues, and was involved in developing Arizona Capitol TV (ACTV) which provides a live broadcast of legislative committee and floor action.

Dalager reviewed his B.S. from Arizona State University and his J.D. from Creighton University.