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King Saud UniversityOn Saturday, April 28, Dr. Nora Al-Shaikh, Dean of KSU's Olaysha Center for Girls, opened a "Deaf awareness week" and an exhibition featuring works of art by Deaf students from the Kingdom. The event is part of a larger program that helps hearing impaired people enter the labor market and help them socialize with people to achieve social and economic stability in life.

Official Deaf Awareness Week 2012 will be celebrated Monday, May  7 to Sunday, May 13, while the International Week of the Deaf (IWD) takes place annually during the last week of September.

The program that took part at the Olaysha campus started with an introduction about the difficulties hearing impaired people face socially, economically and politically. Dr. Al-Shaikh delivered a speech expressing the importance of this group in society, and she highlighted programs for the Deaf that are being undertaken throughout Saudi Arabia and at the University, such as national those devoted to assisting Deaf Saudis to enter and succeed in the workplace and to participate in their communities.

Dr. Al-Shaikh thanked the many volunteers responsible for making this activity succeed and she thanked Deaf students using sign language. a

As the program closing, one of the students presented Dr. Al-Shaikh with a beautiful painting.

The purpose of IWD is to draw the attention of politicians, authorities and the general public to the achievements of Deaf people and the concerns of the Deaf community. Through this week, organizations for the Deaf worldwide are encouraged to carry out information campaigns about their work, and to publicize their demands and requests. This week also increases solidarity among Deaf people and their supporters, and is used as a time to stimulate greater efforts to promote the rights of Deaf people throughout the world.

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