The Friday Letter

September 27, 2019

Dear friends of USDB,

We welcome the first official day of fall this week. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of the great work underway and success stories from across the State of Utah.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Joel Coleman 

USDB Superintendent

Deaf Awareness Week

International Week of the Deaf is recognized by Deaf communities internationally. The World Federation of the Deaf celebrates International Week of the Deaf the last week of September to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf, which took place in September 1951. The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture.

This week USDB had students and faculty participating in many locations and fun events! Here are a few of the highlights.

Enjoy this video our preschoolers at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf created this super fun video to help spread the word on Deaf Culture and education for Deaf Awareness Week!

Our 6th-grade students at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf and staff went to visit the Mayor and City of Millcreek Council Members. They presented on Deaf Awareness and demonstrated what Deaf people can do or can't. They did a great job!

The Council rewarded them with snacks and gave them a tour of the city hall. The 6th-grade class students felt so much honor to sit down at the council's roundtable.

The 2nd and 3rd grades at JMS helping us celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.
The Kindergarten and 1st grade from JMS went to Rose Creek Elementary and they gave a presentation about Deaf awareness.

African Drums in Ogden

Students on our Ogden campus had the best time with African drums! Deja Mitchell (a former employee of USDB) was awarded grants from Weber County RAMP, Ogden City Arts and Ogden School Foundation to bring an African Drum Artist to USDB.

Zim Zim was the guest artist. He is from Congo and this is the third time he has performed with Deja’s group. The Blind School and KBS were involved. The students loved it!

Millcreek Recognition

Our staff at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf (JMS) received this proclamation from the Mayor of Millcreek recognizing the schools 20th anniversary and declared the 23rd of September officially as Jean Massieu of the Deaf Day.

More Smores!


Students in our 5-7th Resource Class at Kenneth Burdett School of the Deaf enjoyed making smores using rice krispy treats after sequencing the recipe, watching a visual model, and then made their own following their recipe steps!

Upcoming Events

It's that time of the year: White Cane Day 2019!

Join us at the state capital on Friday, October 11 for White Cane Day 2019: Utah Loves Mobility! Our event starts at 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Come and experience Utah's history like you never have before. We will have full hands-on interactive activities focused on Utah's history. 

We have a great lineup of entertainment, special local celebrities and mobility fun for everyone!

Community members, family, students and friends are invited to come. There will be special activities for students birth to adulthood. 

White Cane Day is for people of all abilities. We have activities to accommodate all abilities. We have a special private restroom for students who have large mobility devices. 

Come and see how Utah loves mobility! 
Mark your calendars! USDB is planning a Wheeler Farm field trip on October 23rd. All blind classes from the Openshaw Education Center will be participating.

Thank You Tammy!

The Parent Infant Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired would like to give a hardy “THANK YOU” to Tammy Baird! As part of her passion project for this school year, Tammy, worked hard to organize an Infant Massage class here at USDB. This class was a wonderful success helping prepare attendees to reach out and support other providers across the state. Infant Massage is an evidence-based practice which enhances relationships, physical development, self-regulation, and communication in babies and families.
Thanks, Tammy, for all of your hard work!

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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