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Urbandale Public Library/Deaf Awareness Month 2021

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. 


Program attendees that include their email when registering for these events will be updated on any changes the library makes due to COVID precautions. Otherwise, please monitor the library’s website for updates.

Deaf Awareness Month Informational Fair

Thursday, September 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 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.

Attendees will be eligible for door prizes!

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available. This is a drop-in event, registration is highly encouraged.

Organizations represented:


Back-to-School with American Sign Language!

Saturday, September 25th @ 3:00 PM

Target Audience: Grades K-6, siblings welcome! 

Join us to Celebrate Deaf Awareness Month! We’ll have a representative from Telecommunications Access Iowa teach us about Deaf culture at school and answer your questions with the aid of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. We’ll learn some education and classroom themed signs, play an ASL game, and more! Registration encouraged.


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