CITY HALL — The Los Angeles City Council celebrated the deaf and hard of hearing community during a special presentation in honor of Deaf Awareness Month at City Hall.

Each Councilmember selected an honoree and presented the role models with a proclamation for their positive contributions in the community.  Councilmember O’Farrell honored actor Ryan Lane of the ABC Family hit show Switched at Birth.

“Having a disability is more like having an extra ability because you are able to transcend challenges the majority of people are not likely to face,” said O’Farrell, Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee. “Deaf Awareness Month really helps to highlight this great community and its supporters in Los Angeles, and it’s an honor to continue the tradition of celebrating the deaf and hard of hearing in the City of Angels.”

Below is a complete list of all the honorees:

Jimmy Valenzuela
Daniel Durant
LA Parent Magazine
Barbara Stevens
Daryl Hajek
UCLA’s office for students with Disabilities
Tina Cleveland and Paul Sirimarco
Stephanie Johnson
American Apparel/Robert Lopez
Dr. Tomas Garciar
Dr. Melissa Alexander
Fred and Debi Jo Lovitch
El Sereno Middle School’s Deaf and HOH Program Staff
Molina Healthcare

Deaf Awareness Month culminates with the  16th Annual DEAFestival on September 27 at Los Angeles City Hall on Spring St. from noon to 4pm[MAP]. The DEAFestival includes informational booths, art workshops, and talent competition [MORE INFORMATION]. The event is free and open to the public. WATCH THE COUNCIL PRESENTATION


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