On March 7 more than 300 Arizona legislators and community members joined The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH)’s Day at the Capitol 40th Anniversary Celebration.
In addition to being connected to local resources and free hearing screenings, event attendees were able to experience “Deaf, Deaf World,” an interactive experience highlighting the opportunities and obstacles members of the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing community face. A complimentary lunch and brief program followed where Rep. Heather Carter, Sen. Debbie Lesko and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs received Champions of ACDHH awards. Chris Desborough, chair of the SSP Deaf Blind Statewide Services Task Force was an inspirational keynote speaker sharing both challenges the community faces, and how we can join to find solutions.
More than 1.1 million adults in Arizona experience a hearing loss and may need additional information on resources and services available. Likewise, many employers are unaware of the many programs and opportunities available. This event provided resources for all members of the local community.
Students from Arizona State University also provided free hearing assessments to numerous community members and local vendors shared options for a variety of needs. Multiple interactive stations were set up for “Deaf, Deaf, World,” an experience for hearing individuals to spend a few minutes in the shoes of neighbors that are Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing by trying to do things like register to vote, order a cup of coffee, watch a movie, etc.
To learn more about the ACDHH and its efforts to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing for more than 40 years, visit www.acdhh.org.