There are over 10,528,767 million deaf people in the United States and over 1,038,126 million in California. About 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people in the United States are “functionally deaf,” though more than half became deaf relatively late in life. Fewer than 1 out of every 1,000 people in the United States will become deaf before 18 years of age.

Deafness can occur or be acquired because of many different factors, either through individual disposition or by external influences. All deaf people do not have the same degrees of hearing loss. The degrees range from hard of Hearing-Moderate, Severe-Profound and all degrees of deafness. This Saturday September 15th at the Sacramento Zoo Nor Cal and United Way will be hosting a deaf awareness day.

The event will kick off around 9:00am sharp and is expected to wrap up around 3:00pm. Everyone is welcomed to attend and there will also be plenty of ASl interpreters on site.

Service animals are not recommended due to the limitied lodging space and access for dogs on the grounds. There are also picnic spaces located in the zoo on a first come first serve bases and ice chests are welcomed. For more information about this event or deaf statics please check out the links below.