The Helen Keller National Center sponsors Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week every year to raise awareness of the people who live with these combined disabilities and the contributions they make to our society despite them. This year's event is being held from June 26th to July 2nd.
The Helen Keller National Center has sponsored this event every year since 1984 when then-President Ronald Reagan recognized this event and the importance of the center's work to encourage and bring a sense of pride to people who live with these combined disabilities.
Diversity and Inclusion
This year's Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week focuses on the importance of diversity and inclusion across all aspects of life. The center believes that the ability to be innovative and creative is enhanced by adding as many different perspectives as possible. They feel that the perfect ambassadors for this truth are the members of the DeafBlind community that have spent their whole lives finding innovative ways to interact with and bring change to the world around them.
About the Helen Keller National Center
The Helen Keller National Center's motto is, "The DeafBlind community has learned to shift their perspective. Have You?" They want people of all abilities to understand that changing the way they view the world can lead to understanding and success.
The center is the only national agency that caters specifically to those who have both vision and hearing loss. They provide information, support, and referrals to adults and youths of the DeafBlind community, their families, and the healthcare professionals that work with them. They also fund a comprehensive vocational and rehabilitation program designed to help this community reach their goals and learn to interact with the people around them.
Treatments for Deafness or Blindness
Until the cochlear implant, there were no treatments available for those who were completely deaf. Currently, there are no medications available for those who are blind, in part because blindness can be caused by many different things, including genetic disorders, injury, poor nutrition, diabetes, brain injury, and many more. The only way to combat blindness in these cases is to treat the underlying disease, like the use of insulin such as Novolog or Trulicity for people with diabetes, to prevent blindness in the first place.
Lower the Costs of All Your Prescriptions
Whether you have received prescriptions for medications to prevent blindness or need prescription antibiotics or other medications after having cochlear implant surgery, the RxLess prescription discount card can lower the cost of any Rx you need. RxLess works with all major pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid, to find you discounts on your health and wellness prescriptions. All you need to do is type the name of your prescription medication into RxLess's search tool, and in seconds you'll be presented with a list of nearby pharmacies that accept the discount programs and what price each is selling it for. Choose a pharmacy, text, email or print out the discount card and present it to the pharmacists to receive your savings.