Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Massachusetts is highly accomplished, respected, and well-known for its services to deaf-blind children, youth, and adults, and

Whereas It is highly appropriate and necessary to publicize to others the abilities and potential of fellow citizens who are deaf-blind, or severely visually and hearing impaired, and to recognize them as an example of courage, hope, determination and achievement, and

Whereas We encourage the citizens of the Commonwealth to promote education, employment, housing and recreational options for people who are deaf-blind, thus maximizing their opportunities for a productive life in the community and lifestyle of their choice,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 24th – July 3rd, 2012, to be

Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts