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Urbandale Public Library/Deaf Awareness Month

In recognition of Deaf Awareness month, the Urbandale Public Library is partnering with Telecommunications Access Iowa and Relay Iowa to host a series of events this September. The purpose is to help educate area residents about Deaf culture and resources available to the deaf and hard of hearing. 

Click this link to discover material available at the Urbandale Public Library that touch on Deaf culture.

All events will be provided virtually and require registration.

Deaf Awareness Month Informational Fair

Thursday, September 10th @ 6:00 PM

This event will feature a variety of organizations that work with the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or those who have difficulty speaking to connect to their communities. There will be representatives on hand to answer questions and explain their services.

In addition, Hamiliton Relay will announce the 2020 Iowa Deaf Community Leader Award at the event. Attendees will be eligible for door prizes!

Organizations present:

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services will be provided.


Making History

Saturday, September 26th @ 10:00 AM

Picture Book Cover of "The William Hoy Story." Shows a man sliding into homebase.

Join us while we read The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin. Recommended ages 6-10, siblings welcome!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available. Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services can be provided upon request.


Zoom into Reading

Tuesday, September 8th, and Mondays, September 14th, 21st, and 28th @ 4:00 PM

Book Cover of "You Don't Know Everything Jilly P!" Shows the right ear of a white girl wearing an earring, and the left ear of a black boy wearing a cochlear implant.

Please note: Due to Labor Day, our first session will be on Tuesday, September 8th. The rest of the time we will meet on Mondays.

Zoom into Reading is a book club geared for children ages 8-12. During September, we’ll discuss the Iowa Children’s Choice book, You Don’t Know Everything Jilly P! by Alex Gino. 

Themes: Deaf culture, faux pas/manners when interacting with Deaf people, and correcting one’s own misconceptions.

We encourage everyone to join us on Monday, September 28th at 4:00 PM for a special event, including individuals who did not participate in the book club. In this special discussion, Hamilton Relay and Telecommunications Access Iowa will be joining us to share information and give perspective on Deaf culture and accessibility in Iowa.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available at our special event, Monday, September 28th. Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services can be provided upon request.


Relay Iowa and Telecommunications Access Iowa are two programs of the Iowa Utilities Board that provide outreach throughout the state of Iowa to inform and educate potential customers and organizations who work with or serve Iowans who have hearing loss or speech difficulty and struggle when using telecommunication equipment.

Relay Iowa provides third party assistance while communicating on the telephone through a variety of free services. The services include TTY, Hearing Carry Over, Voice Carry Over, Speech To Speech and Captioned Telephone relay in English and Spanish. All calls are confidential.

Telecommunications Access Iowa (TAI) is an equipment distribution program that provides vouchers for specialized telecommunications equipment such as amplified phones, captioned telephone, Wireless Devices (iPads) and accessories for Iowans who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech difficulty. Qualified individuals can receive a voucher that pays for approximately 95% of the average cost of the equipment.

For more information please visit www.teleiowa.com or www.relayiowa.com