Gov. Norm Bangerter will sign a proclamation June 19 to make June 25-July 1 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in Utah. The week is celebrated annually to honor the anniversary of the birth of America's most renowned deaf-blind citizen on June 27 and to promote public awareness of the critical needs of the many residents of Utah who are born deaf and blind.
Nationwide, about 40,000 Americans were left deaf and blind by the rubella epidemic of the '60s. These people will receive special recognition in communities by educational institutions and agencies serving the disabled. The 1989 theme is "Can Deaf-Blind People Earn a Living?"Two parents of deaf-blind children and representatives of the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Services to the Visually Handicapped, Independent Living Rehabilitation, Department of Health, Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Special Education of Utah State Office of Education and Division of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing constitute Utah's interagency Deaf-Blind Team, according to team chairman Jim Hilber.