Congresswoman Beatty Honors Deaf History Month
Last year, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty introduced H. Res 224, a measure to recognize March 13th through April 15th as ‘National Deaf History Month.’ Over the past year, Congresswoman Beatty’s H. Res 224 has gained bipartisan traction and attention from stakeholders.
“More than 11 million Americans are deaf or hard-of-hearing.” Beatty said, “In Congress, I have the honor of representing an active Deaf community, and I know firsthand the important impact deaf culture has had on our society at-large.” Beatty continued, “In that spirit, I am honored to lead the effort in Congress to officially acknowledge the richness of the Deaf community and to recognize the many contributions deaf Americans have made to our nation.”
With support from both the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the American Library Association (ALA), Beatty’s resolution will (1) support the goals and ideals of National Deaf History Month; (2) recognize the many contributions made deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-defeaned, and Deafblind individuals, including those with additional disabilities, have made to the United States; and (3) encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe and actively participate in National Deaf History Month through a litany of programs and activities.
First celebrated in 1997, National Deaf History Month began as a week-long awareness campaign celebrated at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. The dates for ‘National Deaf History Month’ are of significance because the first deaf president of the nation’s first university for the deaf, Irving King Jordan of Gallaudet University, began his tenure on March 13, 1988, and the opening of the American School for the Deaf occurred on April 15, 1817.
Congresswoman Beatty’s H. Res 224 is co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 19 Members of Congress.