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Chili's Restaurants, Deaf Blind Project Supporting Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week June 21-27 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Join the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults, the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project located at The University of Southern Mississippi, and participating Chili's Grill and Bar locations in raising awareness about deaf-blindness and the people who live with a combined vision and hearing loss.

The awareness effort, held in conjunction with Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, is designed to change the assumption that Helen Keller is the only recognizable person who is deaf-blind and show the diversity, accomplishments, and potential of today’s deaf-blind community.

To support this effort, Chili's Grill and Bar in Hattiesburg is sponsoring a "Give Back to the Community" night with 10% of the proceeds going to the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project. Eat at Chili's on Tuesday, June 23 from 4 p.m. to closing and present your server with the printable flyer, available at, and 10 percent of your total bill will be donated to help provide support for persons in Mississippi who are deaf-blind.

The term “deaf-blind” encompasses many variations of combined hearing and vision loss which affects more than million people in the United States. The Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project provides training and assistance to families, administrators, educators, and service providers of children ages birth to 22 who have both a hearing and vision impairment. Services are offered at no cost to families, educators, administrators, and service providers of these children.

If you suspect a child has both hearing and vision impairments, contact the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project for further information and referral. For more information on deaf-blindness or to print a Chili's Night flyer go to, or contact the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . Call toll-free (800) 264-5135. You may also pick up a Chili’s Night Flyer at Chili’s in Madison, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, Biloxi, and D’Iberville.

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