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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.


​I hear the bells ringing and hope the students have a better year this year than they had last year. That 
goes for the rest of us too. With State Session approaching I am hoping to have some entries in the the various contests in the Deaf Awareness department. 

If some of you did an essay in the Essay Contest for last year you may use it this year as we didn’t have any of the programs because of the short session. If you didn’t do one last year I hope you will do one this year.
There are 2 Divisions in the Essay Contest.
     Division I: is for the Junior Grange members
     Division II: is for Subordinate Grange members.
The Essay topics are:
  1. What would your experience be with parents or loved ones that become deaf with age?
  2. What would your experience be with a child who is deaf?
  3. What do you think your experience would be if you were deaf?
​Stay within a 300 word limit. All entries are to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. and taken to where the Deaf Awareness display is with the Division and number, the entrants name, Grange name the number and the county.

​Awards: 1st, 2nd , 3rd winners in each division will be recognized with ribbon and certificates and the Junior 
Grange members will also be awarded with prize money. 1st place - $3.00, 2nd place $2.00, 3rd place - $1.00.

​Junior Grange Deaf Awareness Poster Contest
Purpose: To teach Junior Grange members about hearing loss, hearing protections, and how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate and to give the Junior members the opportunity to express their creative abilities. 
Awards: Ribbons and money awards in each age group. 1st place -$3.00, 2nd place - $2.00, 3rd place $1.00.
Judging: The judging will be on the Correction of the Message and Educational Value of poster and neatness.
Four Age Groups: 6 and under, 7 – 8, 9 – 11, 12 – 14 who are Junior Grange members or children or grandchildren of Grange members.
Rules: Poster to be made on poster board (max. size 18 x 24 inches) Crayons, markers, pencils, pens , cut out pictures and/or photos can be used. The name of the entrant is to be placed on the back of the poster along with age, Junior Grange name and number and county.
Entry Deadline: The poster is to be at the State Grange Convention by Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. Bring it in or send it with delegates and take it to where the Deaf Awareness Display is for judging.
Please encourage your Juniors to enter the contests.
Reminder: Deaf Awareness Report are to be to me by September 10th
Hope to see many of you at the Michigan State Grange Convention! MGN

Who Can I Turn to for Help with my Hearing Loss?
If you or a family member might have a hearing loss, consult a qualified health professional for early and appropriate care. Several types of professionals can help. Each has a different type or training and expertise, and each can be an important part of your hearing health care.
You may want to start by talking with your primary care provider. They will likely give you a medical exam to see if an infection, injury, or other condition (such as buildup of ear wax) might be causing your hearing loss. Your primary care provider might then refer you to an otolaryngologist or other hearing health provider for more specific test and treatment.
Types of Professionals who can help you with Hearing Loss are:
A primary care provider is a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant who provides general health care to patients by identifying and treating common medical conditions. Primary care providers often refer patients to medical specialists when necessary. Types of primary care providers include family practitioners or general practitioners, pediatricians, geriatricians and internists.

​An otolaryngologist is a physician who provides medial and surgical care, diagnosis and treatment of the 
ear, nose, throat and neck. Sometimes called and ENT, an otolaryngologist will work with you to find out why you’re having trouble hearing and offer specific treatment options. They night also refer you to another hearing professional, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, to receive a hearing test and be fitted for a hearing aid.

​An audiologist has specialized training to test your hearing and identify the type and degree of hearing loss. 
Audiologists are not physicians, but they have a doctor of audiology graduate degree, which typically requires four years to complete after earning a bachelor’s degree. They must also pass an exam and complete a clinical fellowship. Audiologists are licensed to fit and dispense hearing aids; they can also work with you and your family to adapt to hearing loss and determine which devices, including hearing aids would be most helpful.
A hearing instrument specialist, also known as a hearing aid specialist, is a state-licensed professional who conducts basic hearing tests, fits and dispenses hearing aids, and educates individuals and their family members about their hearing loss. The licensure requirements varies among states; most states require completing a 2-year apprenticeship.
Deaflympics was started in 1924 and predates the special Olympics and Paralympics.  One of the rules for competing in Deflympics is no hearing aids or cochlear implants are to be used.
The “huddle” was invented by a deaf quarterback in 1892 by Paul Hubbard who was a quarterback at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, and didn’t want the opposing teams to see his team’s signs. Thus, the first huddle started, and since then the huddle has been a reoccurring part of many sports teams.
The little blue characters, “The Smurfs” was the first animated show to have a character use Sign Language. “Smurfing In-Sign Language” is the episode that introduced the wood-elf Laconia. She taught the Smurfs, and many of those who watched the show some sign language. This was revolutionary as the technicality of producing signs in animation was not something that had ever been done before.