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.


Support the Deaf Ecosystem!   Written by Melinda Acton

​At DeafandHOH, we would like to support the 
Deaf Ecosystem which is created by investing and supporting deaf businesses to help them grow and thrive. Many deaf small-owned businesses offer a variety of incredible gifts for purchase. If you are interested in getting a gift for friends or family or want to browse the products, we have made a list for you!
Remember to purchase these gifts for their upcoming birthdays, graduations, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc.
Here is a concise list of several deaf businesses to check out:
  • Sisters in Style —this is a clothing boutique in Maryland and Indiana run by deaf women and owned by a deaf business owner. They usually host a live video to display their current collections, such as Holiday clothing, Valentine’s Day gifts, etc. Check them out at  www.shopsisterinstyle.com
  • Deaf Ecosystem Directory: ConvoRelay has developed a directory of Deaf-created products and services. There are many gifts to select from, such as art, apparel, jewelry, books, services, self-care, and last-minute gift cards, which can be found at https://convorelay.com/shopdeaf/.

Dedicated to Sister Luanna Swainston ​

Michigan School for the Deaf Graduation
What a wonderful graduation ceremony! Four young men and one young lady were the 2023 graduating class at the Michigan School for the Deaf. The graduation took place on June 9th at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.

​From the information given by the Principal, Rex 
Vernon, each of these five students have been excellent students and accomplished a lot in the years they have been attending MSD.

​The $500.00 scholarship was presented to David 
Gregory Foley, 2023 Valedictorian. He gave a super speech thanking not only his family but also his fellow classmates and the many teachers who helped to make him what he is today.
A very nice young man that is certain to go far in his endeavors.
It was an honor for Sharon Popler, Dale Moore and myself (Peggy Johnston) to attend the graduation and present the scholarship.

Alexander Graham Bell Camp Fund
The 2023 donation has been made to the Alexander Graham Bell Camp Fund. $250.00 was sent recently and we are confident it will be appreciated and used wisely.
Deaf Fund Donations
All of the Donations that have been made by Granges across Michigan are greatly appreciated. If your Grange has not made a donation yet, there is still time.