Well, hello, November! Here, at the Statewide Outreach Center, we’re working to keep youth who are for deaf or hard of hearing virtually engaged during the fall/winter season. Be sure to check out four new live webinars now available.

Additionally, SOC’s annual summer events are revving up. Be sure you mark your calendars and follow us on social media to be among the first to register for what’s in store for Summer 2021!

Today is the last day of Día de los Muertos. As a state with a large population of citizens with Hispanic/Latinx heritage, we stand alongside our neighbors to embrace and honor this tradition. Enjoy this special feature with a few tips from us to you. An important one, the simple act of pausing to reflect and remember our past and our ancestors, is a reminder to all of us to lean into the coming holiday season.
Four New Webinars for Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth
Big fan of Harry Potter? Show your stuff and earn your bragging rights!

For 6th-8th Graders
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. CST
Excited to get your Texas driver's license?

Join us online for these upcoming Adult Driver's Education webinars.

For new Texas drivers, 18-22 years old
Eight-Part Series, Weekdays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, December 7 – Friday, December 16, 2020
Unwind your body, mind & spirit. Take a one-hour break to clear your head and get some workout tips to spice up your routines.

Register now, and join Robin Dazé to Beat Screen Fatigue with asl.fit!

For students, ages 14-19
Thursday, November 19, 2020
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. CST
Stuff your tool-boxes with essential self-advocacy strategies and communication access tools.

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training, with advocate Amanda Tuite, AccessVine

For students, ages 14-22
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 28 - Wednesday December 30, 2020
Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull
This past weekend, many families celebrated Día de Los Muertos. Commonly known as a Mexican holiday, it is celebrated from October 31- November 2 annually. The celebration spans over several days as families and friends gather together to remember their loved ones. Activities vary from creating simple to extravagant altars, conducting prayer vigils, attending festivals and always centers around delicious, traditional foods.

It is a commonly known fact that our state’s population includes about 50% of citizens of Hispanic origin. Additionally, a large percentage of Texas’ deaf and hard of hearing children are of Latin/Hispanic ancestry. Here, at the Statewide Outreach Center at Texas School for the Deaf, we assist and honor these families by providing events and resources in Spanish, as well as parent to parent support.

If you'd like to learn more about Día de Los Muertos and celebrate, SOC staff member, Donna Valverde, recommends visiting the
37th Annual Day of the Dead exhibit at MexicArte Museum in Austin, Texas. Or, taking the time to create your own sugar skulls. During this traditional time of year, Donna pays homage by lighting a candle and pausing to reflect on her family and friends who have gone ahead. “It's a simple, yet meaningful way to celebrate Día de Los Muertos in your home, with your family.”
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