14th Annual Deaf Awareness Week
Deaf Awareness Week, which is held each year during the last full week of September, teaches about the rich cultural heritage of Deaf people and provides the perfect opportunity for Riverside’s Deaf and hearing communities to interact with one another.
This year’s Deaf Awareness Week begins on Sunday September 22nd with a huge community picnic at the newly refurbished Hunter Hobby Park. There will be food, entertainment, vendors, bounce houses, live steam trains, a police helicopter landing, fire engine, K9 demonstration, and a chance to sink the mayor and other city officials in a dunk tank. Other events throughout the week include a children’s storytelling in ASL at Barnes and Noble at the Galleria, professional hearing screenings, tours of California School for the Deaf (CSDR), the Center on Deafness (CODIE), and the Sheriff’s’ Communication Center, Deaf-centered art, music, and entertainment Friday night at the Riverside Plaza, and a softball game between the Deaf community and Riverside Police Department.
Whether you want to learn about Deaf culture, meet and mingle with your Deaf neighbors, or just enjoy some fun and exciting events, there is something for everyone during Riverside’s Deaf Awareness Week. Activities are free and open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be available at all events.