Did You Know? – Facts About The Deaf World

Did You Know?

Facts About The Deaf World
Condensed: DB21 Booklet “Did You Know?”
Helen Keller Statue Arrives at The Washington Capitol Building

On Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Congress welcomed a 600-lb bronze statue of Helen Keller to the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Legislation that was passed in 1864 permits each state to place two statues of prominent historical figures in the Capitol. Alabama chose Helen Keller to replace a statue of former Representative Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry. This recently commissioned statue portrays Keller, who was deaf and blind, learning how to sign the word “water” at age seven. The process of approving, creating, and transporting this statue took eight years and cost approximately $325,000. Keller’s likeness is the first state statue to honor a person with a disability. Her presence at the entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center demonstrates that lawmakers are sensitive to the needs and accomplishments of the deaf and hard of hearing community of which audiology is part.

Source:  American Academy of Audiology – http://www.audiology.org/news/Pages/20091013a.aspx

Email Scam Targets Deaf People — by Jon Barr

Warning! It has been reported that email scammers are targeting Deaf people.  The email usually states you are a winner.  To claim your money you must send your email address, password, date of birth, and other confidential information. You should never send anyone your email password or private information.  Scammers are thieves. They will take advantage of you and sell your personal information. Some people have lost thousands of dollars by responding to scams. For more info, send for SWM tract, “Victim of a Scam.”

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