DEAF-L: Mother, Father Deaf Day

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Subj: NJ-L News, 3/19/97 No. 5
Date: 97-03-20 01:59:37 EST
From: pmoos@PLUTO.NJCC.COM (Philip N. Moos)
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Announcements ...........................

Mother, Father Deaf Day

Whereas, Children of Deaf Adults International (CODA), Inc. is an organization established for the purpose of promoting family awareness and individual growth in hearing children of Deaf adults, and

Whereas, in it's 13th year, CODA International, has evolved into a viable, ongoing organization, intent on celebrating the heritage and culture passed onto us by our parents, and

Whereas, this heritage is a source of pride for us, and

Whereas, we are grateful to our parents and their friends for giving us this rich gift of culture and language, therefore, be it resolved that

We the members of CODA International, hereby declare the establishment of "Mother, Father Deaf Day" to be celebrated annually.

Frequently Asked Questions About Mother, Father Deaf Day

What is the date?
The last Sunday in April is Mother, Father Deaf Day. In 1997, it will be observed on april 27th.

What is the day about?
At the 1994 Children of Deaf Adults International conference, the membership unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming that Mother, Father Deaf Day shall be established and celebrated annually to honor our parents for the gifts of language and culture that they have given us. The first official observance was in 1996.

How can I celebrate?
There is no set way to celebrate this occasion. Of course, you will want to call or visit your parents to tell them how much they have affected your life. You may wish to make your own Mother, Father Deaf Day card for them. The day reflects our bi-cultural experiences. In hearing cultures, these kind of days (Mother or Father's Day) are quiet family events. In Deaf culture, celebrations tend to be communal. So, if you know several Codas in your area, you may want to organize a group observance.

What if my parents live in another state?
If your parents are far from you or not living, you can always attend a Deaf club or religious service. There are Deaf people who reside in nursing homes and have no contact with people who understand deafness. Perhaps you could seek them out for a visit. Lastly, there are many opportunities for monetary contributions. Social service agencies serving the Deaf always benefit from donations. CODA, International has a scholarship fund for young people whose parents are Deaf and who demonstrate academic excellence. There is no "right" way to observe the day. Do what feels most appropriate for you.

Does the Deaf community know about this Day?
Word is getting out as we have an aggressive effort to publicize our efforts. We're doing mailings to major Deaf organizations and publications.

Does the hearing world know about this?
We have sent informational packets to major media outlets and leading politicians. We will continue our efforts to spread the word.

for more information contact:
Trudy Schafer
28 Tremont Street
Brighton, MA 02135
617-789-3862 (V/TTY-use relay to leave a message)

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