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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Pam Ronan
April 23, 2010

TRENTON Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Jennifer Velez today announced that the month of May is nationally recognized as Better Hearing and Speech Month. This designation has been in place for over 75 years in an effort to raise awareness.
In celebration, DHS’ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) will join with other agencies on May 5th at the Food Court on the Second Floor of Capital Center, 50 East State Street in downtown Trenton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with brochures and fact sheets about hearing loss, speech and the preservation of hearing.

Participating agencies include, the Division of Family Health Services’ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Services from the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

DDHH also will have staff experts accessible to answer questions and provide referrals to exhibit visitors, upon request.

“Renowned deaf-blind advocate Helen Keller once said that of her impairments she found her hearing loss the most difficult because it separated her from connecting on the most basic level with friends and family,” said Velez. “For many of us, listening and talking are under-appreciated gifts.”

“The designation of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month gives us the opportunity to provide critical information to individuals and their families in search of guidance,” Velez added.

Statistics show that communication impairments tend to affect the most vulnerable in our society -- the young, the aged, the disabled, and the low-income

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