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Mayor Warren to Announce Local “International Deaf Awareness Week” Events

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dawMayor Lovely Warren will proclaim the week of Sept. 19 as “International Deaf Awareness Week in Rochester,” and announce the city’s ongoing initiatives to make City Hall more deaf-friendly, which will include a new web page communicating city resources, and information for accessing city government for the deaf community, the city stated.

“The Rochester area is home to the nation’s largest, per-capita population of deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and I want to make sure that City Hall is as accessible as possible for Rochester’s strong deaf community, and that resources are readily available to meet their needs,” Mayor Warren stated. “We’re working hard to create safer more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs, and better educational opportunities in our city, and we want to make sure every resident in Rochester can be actively engaged in these efforts.”

Representatives from We The Deaf People, Discovering Deaf Worlds, Rochester School for the Deaf, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology will join the mayor at City Hall, 30 Church St., Monday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m., to unveil the city’s new web page, and announce the events that will celebrate the week.

The following events will take place during Rochester’s “International Deaf Awareness Week:”

  • Monday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.: International Deaf Awareness Week Kick-Off Event. Mayor Warren will deliver a proclamation, announce events, and unveil the city’s web resource page with community partners.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.: Get to Know City Hall. Participants will take a tour of City Hall, with ASL interpretation. The event will be free and open to the public, and participants will meet inside the Church St. entrance .
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12 p.m.: Lunch with the Law and First Responders. RPD Chief Michael Ciminelli, RFD Chief John Schreiber, Emergency Communications director John Merklinger, and a representative from American Medical Response will host the deaf and hard-of-hearing community at the Public Safety Building, 185 Exchange Blvd. This event will be free; however, registration is required. Interested individuals may send an email to in order to confirm their attendance.
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m.: Working for the City. Tassie Demps, director of the city’s Department of Human Resource Management, will discuss civil-service job applications, and testing information with ASL interpretation. The event will take place at City Hall, in Council Chambers, at 30 Church St. The event will be free and open to the public; however, registration is required. Interested individuals may send an email to in order to confirm their attendance.

Following the city’s “International Deaf Awareness Week” announcement, local organizations will also host additional activities for “Deaf Awareness Week in Rochester,” which will run from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2.

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