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 Today, people who are deaf-blind are attending college, participating in social activities, managing their everyday life and actively engaged in their communities through employment and civic activities; 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 - June 30th, 2013, 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 twenty-ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth