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Deaf America Reads!

Deaf America Reads!
July 4th - Independence Day

Happy 238th birthday, America!  Happy 20th anniversary, Library Friends Section (LFS) of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), with the mission to promote library access and quality resources for deaf and hard of hearing people in America! 

Today America is a federal constitutional republic containing 56 unique, distinct jurisdictions, each with its own cultures, traditions, laws and the like - 50 states, D.C., two commonwealths and three territories.

Build it and they will come! A Deaf Culture Digital Library in all parts of America.

On July 4, 1816, America celebrated its 40th anniversary a month before Laurent Clerc arrived in America with Thomas H. Gallaudet on August 9, 1816.  
Clerc, the first deaf visionary leader in the field of deaf American education, and two others (Gallaudet and Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell) co-founded the American School for the Deaf on April 15, 1817 in Hartford, Conn. It was the first deaf school in America.

A poster (8.5" x 11") "Deaf America Reads" designed by Lois Hoover, a deaf artist, for the National Literary Society of the Deaf, is included in the FOLDA KIT: Laurent Clerc and Gallaudet University. This kit is a fundraiser by the Gallaudet Class of 1957 for the Gallaudet Archives. The cost is $25 per packet which also includes two other posters (Laurent Clerc and Abbé l'Épée) by Jean Boutcher, a deaf artist. For the packet with a binder and 20 sheet protectors and one complimentary poster of George W. Veditz by deaf artist Nancy Rourke, the cost is 45 dollars. If you are interested to purchase either item: the packet only or the packet with the binder, sheets and extra poster, please add $5 for shipping. Make checks payable to Library for Deaf Action and mail to FOLDA, 2930 Craiglawn Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904-1816. This FOLDA Kit will also be sold at the LFS booth during the NAD conference. It is a limited edition - only 500.  First come, first served.   

On May 15, 2014, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed the historical bill into law - Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL) - which requires the Division of Library Development and Services (DLSD) of the MD State Dept of Education to establish as the primary information center on deaf resources for library customers and staff in the state of Maryland. To learn more go to: http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/hb/hb0653f.pdf

Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, FOLDA President and the Creator of the two Series: I Made America Great and Bridging Deaf Cultures.
Email: ahagemeyer@gmail.com. Alice is one of the 15 Gallaudet Visionary leaders honored during the university's celebration of its 150th anniversary, from September 2013 to November 2014: http://www.gallaudet.edu/150/celebrate/visionary_leaders/alice_hagemeyer.html

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