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Deaf 411 Inc., a national public relations company focusing on the deaf and hard of hearing market, has named Olathe as one of America's "Most Deaf Friendly Cities" in their Deaf Friendly Cities Report. It is the only city recognized that is also ranked highly in the Money Magazine "Best Places to Live" issue. The Deaf Friendly Cities report is based on a national survey of over 3,700 deaf consumers from all 50 states. Other cities earning the recognition include Seattle, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Austin.
The rating acknowledges Olathe's culture that truly embraces the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and offers services and programs for the community. Olathe rates at the top of nearly every category measured, including culture, access to medical care and community programs. To learn more about the award and Olathe's assessment, visit www.deaf411online.com.
Olathe has been home to the Kansas School for the Deaf since 1866. The Deaf Cultural Center and the Marra Museum is one of only three such facilities in the world and the only one in the United States.