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ASL Day 2020

April 15 is National ASL Day! On April 15, 1817, the first lasting school for the Deaf in the United States opened. On April 15, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan recognized ASL Day at his press conference by presenting three Governor’s Citations to:

Governor Hogan Celebrates National ASL Day

Today is National ASL Day, which made it a perfect day to recognize one of our unsung heroes: Certified Deaf Interpreter Jimmy Beldon.We have been doing our best to keep Marylanders informed, and an important part of that has been ensuring that all our citizens are able to receive timely and equal access to information. Jimmy has been a constant presence at our press conferences, and has done a great job helping us reach Maryland’s Deaf community throughout this crisis. I was pleased to present him with a Governor’s Citation recognizing him for his dedicated and selfless service to the citizens of our state. During this public health crisis, the Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been hard at work providing accessible COVID-19 resources for Deaf and hard of hearing Marylanders. Learn more at

Posted by Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Governor’s Citations

Governor's Citation: ODHHGovernor's Citation: ASL InterpretersGovernor's Citation: Jimmy Beldon

Governor’s Citations Explained in ASL