March 13, 2013

I Can “Hear” You… It’s Deaf History Month

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To the young woman who used sign language as she gave the Sunday morning church announcements, “I heard” you loud and clear.  After giving a quick lesson on how to sign good morning, she mentioned that March marks Deaf History Month and it made me think about how HUD is helping those who are deaf and hearing impaired. National Deaf History Month, March 13 to April 15, celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness and appreciation of deaf culture, heritage and American Sign Language to the general public.

HUD posts videos on YouTube and Facebook  educating deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers about their fair housing rights, housing counseling services, and loan programs offered by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

In one video, a HUD employee uses sign language to tell his story of refinancing his home through FHA, the largest government insurer on mortgages. In another video, he explains that it’s illegal to discriminate in housing based on race, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status. All videos encourage viewers to contact HUD by visiting its website, www.hud.gov for help or more information. I urge you to check out these videos  and remember, if you have questions contact us no matter what language you use, we really can “hear” you.

HUD employee uses sign language to tell refinancing story

HUD employee uses sign language to tell refinancing story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkSZDgL1pgc

HUD employee uses sign language to communicate about housing discrimination
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYKwSfhbcL4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V1pLnCl3gQ

 

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