Houston Deaf Awareness Week A Success!

Houston Deaf Awareness Week was BACK in Houston after a decade of sitting underneath a rock.  For the last decade Houston has not really had a deaf awareness week to expose our culture, our language, our self being into the deaf community.  But “THANKS” to this particular group of people who were very active in bringing this back.   I had the luxury of attending the event on Saturday, and I have to say I was FLOORED!   It was great seeing alot of old faces I haven’t seen in years and of course some faces I have seen here and there.  There were 28 booths all from the Houston area demonstrating their product and services that they provide.  This was definitely a breath of fresh air that we needed to do. 

Bringing back D.A.W. was one step closer to bringing the Houston Deaf Community back together into unity.  We have for so long been so divided and now each time we are moving toward to one step being unified.  At the event, they had door prizes, booths from different vendors/services, they even had the City Of Houston Health Department come out and offer Flu shots for those who needed them.   As well they had a variety of performances provided by different individuals which made this event a worthwhile and memorable event.

So in hand, for this wonderful great event – I truly need to recognize those who really have rolled up their sleeves and helped to put this together to make this happen!  So a BIG THANK YOU goes to :

Kathy Walters – Chairperson

  • Kimberly Mitchell
  • Alice Morewitz
  • Brent Ehrig
  • David Bass
  • Brian Determan
  • Daniel Warthing
  • Darla Connor
  • Rachelle Guidry
  • Kareena Heath
  • Druscilla Lozada
  • Dylan Westbury
  • Jo Westbury
  • Kelly Reagan
  • Ovi Velasquez
  • Kim

So now!  I am definitely looking forward to a “BIGGER” and “BETTER” Deaf Awareness Week event next year!  So hope to see you again next year!  *hands waving!*


About Billy Koch

Billy Koch, a deaf professional who works in the IT industry, currently works for The Methodist Hospital System for MITIE as a IT Project Coordinator. Billy has over 15 years of IT experience behind him. Billy is the son of a deaf parents, and has a deaf brother as well. He grew up in a mainstream program with no deaf education program. He was first exposed to the deaf culture when he attended Gallaudet University for his Bachelors from 91-96. Billy has a MBA from West Texas A&M, and is currently the Executive Director of Greater Houston Deaf Connections, a non-profit organizations that focuses on education, advocacy, and support for deaf and hard of hearing people. He is an aspiring guy who wants to also educate the community of what they can do and what they can achieve.

4 responses to “Houston Deaf Awareness Week A Success!”

  1. Longster says:

    It was indeed a great turn out! If I had to guess I would say nearly 500 people were there. Definitely look forward to next year. Keep up the good work DAW!

  2. Julie R. says:

    Sounds like it was a huge success! Sorry to miss it this year!

  3. Hi5 to you guys!!

    I remember we had successful DAW in Dallas in late 90s and early 2000s. We called it Deaf Celebration — some of you may remember it. The highest numbers we reach at one point is 1,500 people and over 50 booths. Many wonderful committee members involved including myself and my ex-wife. It was amazing experience.

    Unfortunately, Deaf Celebration have changed so much in past few years since I left and purse another activities. I hope I can get it back in action again next year! Who knows!

    Again, congrats to you guys!!!



  4. Julie R. says:

    Grant, I remember Deaf Celebration. It was a great event! Would love to see it back up and running again! 🙂

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