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Deaf Awareness Week: September 18 – 24

Hearing loss is the second most prevalent health issue globally, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. It is an important culture to advocate for and bring awareness to. Deaf Awareness Week will take place in Cleveland from Monday, September 18 to Sunday, September 23. This week is an opportunity for increasing public awareness of the Deaf culture, and the issues they face. The events hosted throughout the week, by the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center’s Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, are chances to bring individuals together as a community.

Monday, September 18:

Starting off Deaf Awareness Week is a Deaf Town Hall. This is an opportunity for Deaf individuals to discuss issues they’re facing in the community, and how those issues can be resolved. The Town Hall starts at 6:00 pm. Register by Friday, Sept. 15 to attend.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140 

Tuesday, September 19:

Join the community for a free discussion at 1:00 pm on updates about social security and consumer rights, as well as debt collection rights! Interpreters will be provided. Emily White, a former lawyer from Disability Rights Ohio and Andrew November, one of our attorneys from Liner Legal, will be there to lead the discussion. Afterwards, the public can speak with each person privately if they have any further questions. Register by Monday, Sept. 18 to join in on the discussion.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140

Later in the day, stop by Happy Dog for the “So You Think You Can Sign?” event, starting at 6:00 pm! Show off your ASL in any form ranging from the ABCs to storytelling! Register for this free event that is open to the public by Sept. 15.

11625 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Thursday, September 21:

Take a day off from cooking and indulge in one of many delicious grilled cheeses that Melt has to offer! From 11:00 am – 10:00 pm stop by Melt Bar & Grilled, mingle with the Deaf community and help fundraise. Any purchase of food, drinks or merchandise benefits the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bring this flyer to have 20% of your order donated to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center.

6700 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131 

Friday, September 22:

Who can resist a drive-in movie? Bring the entire family to Deaf Movie Night starting at 8:00 pm, and watch some great movies with open captioning! RSVP by Thursday Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 for anyone 12 or older, and $5 for 11 and younger. Kids 3 or younger get in for free!

Aut-O-Rama Drive In: 33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 

Saturday, September 23:

Take a trip to the zoo next weekend to see the animals and increase awareness of the Deaf culture! Your day at the zoo starts at 10:30 am and goes until 5:00 pm. If you’ve sent your RSVP for the event, you pick up your free tickets with the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to sign in.

Ticket Pickup Location: 11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Zoo Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109 

The fun doesn’t stop there. Join in on a Game Night at the Cleveland Association for the Deaf! Entry is free but each game is $10. RSVP to the event by Thursday, Sept. 21.

10416 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111

Sunday, September 24:

As a perfect way to end Deaf Awareness Week, the first open captioned performance of Shakespeare in Love starts this Sunday! The play is at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square and starts at 2:30 pm. Tickets for this show are discounted to $20 with the promotional code “OPEN”. If you can come early, join in on a pre-show reception from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, with a cash bar in the lobby of the theater.

Here are further instructions to get tickets for this event.

1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115