June 16, 2021 - 2021 Deafblind Awareness Week
June 27th to July 3rd, 2021 is DeafBlind Awareness Week, and HKNC has posters and ideas for activities available for download on their website at https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/dbaw.
The theme this year is: DeafBlind Employees Can Help Businesses Grow with Unique Insights and Perspectives. TrailBlazer, BigThinker, GoGetter, DeafBlind
The essence of the message is that 2020 was a landmark year for improvements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), and disabled individuals have seen benefits of this progress. Talented employees who are DeafBlind are more than doing their part to assist companies grow. A recent study provided by Accenture, Getting Equal 2018: The Disability Inclusion Advantage, found that businesses employing individuals with disabilities achieved, on average, 28% higher revenue, 30% greater economic profit margins and twice the net income of their industry peers. Learn more by visiting www.helenkeller.org/hknc.
HKNC is the only national agency that provides information, referral, support and a comprehensive vocational and rehabilitation program exclusively to youths and adults who have a combined hearing and vision loss, to their families and the professionals who work with them.
This national advocacy campaign has been held each year since 1984 when President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation in recognition of this meaningful week.
Want to start a local initiative to raise awareness? Check out these resources: