Ohio Deaf History Month

Ohio Deaf History Month, March 13 to April 15, Celebrating Deaf History and Culture

Ohio Deaf History Month (ODHM): MARCH 13 to APRIL 15

Join us for a special event Wednesday, April 3 from 6–7:30 p.m, Ohio Deaf History Month: Celebrating Deaf Culture & History, at the McKinley Birthplace Home.

ODHM Background Information:

Ohio Senate Bill 27 was passed by the State legislature in October 2017 to proclaim March 13 to April 15 is Ohio Deaf History Month (ODHM). It became law on December 6, 2017, with Ohio Governor John Kasich's signature.

The Ohio Deaf Community (Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and Children of Deaf Adult- CODA) now have a way to recognize the significant contributions made by deaf and hearing pioneers in Deaf Education and other related fields such as American Sign Language (ASL), communication, Deaf Sports, and technology.

The formal education of deaf children began in the United States in 1817 with the founding of the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. Other states followed by establishing schools for the deaf in their state. Ohio established its first school for the deaf in Columbus in 1829. Also on April 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law for the first deaf college which is known as Gallaudet University. On March 13, 1988, Dr. I King Jordan was appointed as the first deaf President of Gallaudet University in Washington D. C. Since its inception, education for the deaf and related services have evolved throughout Ohio and the United States during the past two hundred years.

One of the goals of Ohio Deaf Friends of the Library (ODFL) is to establish a Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL) in our state to bring public awareness on issues and the success of the Deaf Community. The DCDL will also benefit parents of deaf children, ASL education, and interpreters.

Source of ODHM Background Information: Dawn K. Watts, ODFL President