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We now have reprints of four of the previous Deaf Awareness Posters. Contact me if you wish to have posters, etc.

American Manual Alphabet: This poster is one that we did not have to reprint. This poster could be used in schools, churches, libraries, Grange Halls or anywhere that people come in contact with deaf or hearing impaired people. For example, our Grange delivered Dictionaries to a third grade classroom, along with Deaf Awareness items (one being the Manual Alphabet poster) and in one of the thank you’s we received, one of the students had learned the alphabet. Another third grade teacher had her students do their spelling words in sign language. There are many possibilities with this.

Your Noisy World Could Get Silent: This poster is a chart that shows the potential hearing hazard of the loudness of sounds combined with the length of exposure to sound and how it can create a permanent hearing loss. Preventions are suggested on this poster. It shows the decibels of many electronic devices that we are in contact with everyday.

Pledge of Allegiance: This poster could be placed in schools, Grange Halls, libraries, etc. An idea that can be used is to do parts of it at each of your Grange meetings until everyone can sign it.
Do You See the Signs: (of hearing loss) This poster could be placed in church nurseries, day care centers, pre-schools or wherever adults can view them. It is a poster to make parents aware of what an infant to 12 months should be able to do, from 12 months to 2 years, from 2 years to 4 years and 5 years old.

Grange Deaf Awareness: Awareness – communication is key to qualify of life – hearing loss is permanent- early detection and treatment is essential, etc. Education – educate the public with printed material, video programs, classroom instruction, special equipment, information, programs. Prevention- hearing protections used, hearing testing, newborn hearing screening, personal education.


A Paradigm
When I was all of two years old, My family received it first ASL (American Sign Language} lesson. They discovered that maybe, just maybe, this might be a useful language.

​It was 1968 and I’d just had my tonsils removed. I woke up in a hospital room surrounded by hearing relatives 
and a nurse. Naturally, my throat hurt.
“Mmmph,” I muttered. No response.

​“MMMPHH,” I repeated.

​“Sh, sh, don’t try to talk,” said the nurse. “Your throat is sore.”

​“MMMPHH,” I said once again, only this time I started gesturing. Still no response. All of my relatives 
looked at each other and shrugged.

​“MMMPHM, MMMPHH, MMMPH!” By ten everyone was scrambling for the source of my angst. One by 
one my family dug up a teddy bear, a comic book a favorite toy, and other stuff I had no interest in.

​Finally, my Deaf mother walked in the room.

​“What’s wrong?” she signed.

I quickly made a “W” hand-shape and gently tapped it on my chin.

​“He wants water” my mom explained to my exasperated family. They reluctantly nodded and told the nurse. 
She said I wasn’t allowed to drink yet but I could suck on an ice cube. Good enough for me.

Ten minutes later, the same scene repeated itself only this time I made a “T” hand-shape and wiggles it. Again, all of the hearing people in the room struggled to figure out what was going on. It was a game of charades gone bad.
Once more, mom to the rescue.

​“He needs to go to the bathroom,” she sighed.

​Most of my family didn’t know what to think. They’d been told all along by medical and educational professionals that ASL was to be avoided at all costs

​Apparently, there was this popular misconception that use of ASL would hinder my speech and also distort my 
ability to process English (for a rebuttal of this myth.)
But suddenly, here was my family witnessing firsthand that signing is indeed a very effective means of communications. Even so, it took several more years before they finally felt comfortable with it.

It’s that time of year again to look through the Program Booklet to see what you can do with the contests. Some items have changed and some are pretty much the same so look through them to see what you can participate in.
Deaf Awareness has an Essay Contest both Juniors and Subordinate Grange members and friends can enter. Division I is for Juniors Grange members and Division II is for Subordinate members.

​The topics for this contest are:
  • What would your experience be with parents or loved ones that become deaf with age?
  • What would your experience be with a child who is deaf?
  • What do you think your experience would be if you were deaf?
​Stay within a 300 word limit.

​All entries are to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and taken to where the 
Deaf Awareness display is with. Be sure to include the Division and number, the entrants name, Grange name and number and the county.
Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners in each division with be recognized with ribbons and certificates and the Junior members will also be awarded with prize money. 1st place - $3.00, 2nd place - $2.00 and 3rd place - $1.00.
Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange members about hearing loss, hearing protection, and how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate and give Juniors the opportunity to express their creative abilities.

​Awards: Ribbons and money awards in each age group. 1st place – $3.00, 2nd place - $2.00 and 3rd place - 
Judging: The judging will be on Correction of Message and Educational Value of poster and neatness.

​Four Age Groups: 6 and under, 7 – 8, 9 – 11, 12 – 14 who are Junior Grange members or children or 
grandchildren of Grange members or friends.

​Rules: Poster to be made on poster board (maximum size 18 x 24 inches). Crayons, markers, pencils, pens, 
cut out pictures, and/or photos can be used. The name of the entrant is to be placed on the back of the poster along with age, Junior Grange name and number and the county.

​Entry Deadline: The poster is to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.  
Bring it in or send it with delegates and take to where the Deaf Awareness display is.

​Let’s have a good showing of items this year. Encourage your members to enter. There is plenty of 
time to do this! Start now