William Stokoe (7/21/1919-4/4/2000) was a linguistics professor who helped get sign language recognized as a sophisticated language of its own. He is known as the creator of the linguistic study of the sign languages of the deaf. He established the Linguistic Research Laboratory at Gallaudet University and was awarded an honorary doctorate. Armstrong, David F. “ William C. Stokoe, Jr Founder of Sign Language Linguistics 1919-2000.” William C. Stokoe, 4 May 2000, gupress.gallaudet.edu/stokoe.html.
Alexander Graham Bell
Deaf people should learn to speak and read lips and must not marry each other and have kids.
Helen Keller (6/27/1880-6/1/1968) is known as the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor's degree. She published her autobiography in 1903. In 1920, she helped found the ACLU. Helen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. Anirudh, and Learnodo Newtonic. “10 Major Achievements of Helen Keller.” Learnodo Newtonic, 11 Sept. 2018, learnodo-newtonic.com/helen-keller-achievements.
In 1892, the Gallaudet University football team was playing a game. The opposing team was also deaf. The quarterback, Paul Hubbard asked his teammates to form a tight circle around him so the team couldn't see their signs and steal their plays. Today, the huddle is used in most sports around the world. “Huddle.” Huddle – Gallaudet University, Gallaudet University, www.gallaudet.edu/about/huddle.
National Association for the Deaf
Alexander Graham Bell (3/3/1847-8/2/1922) was very involved in the deaf community. He believed that deaf people shouldn't intermarry so that there would be no "deaf race". He believed that deaf people should b shouldn't sign and learn to speak orally. “Through Deaf Eyes . Deaf Life . Signing, Alexander Graham Bell and the NAD.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, 2007, www.pbs.org/weta/throughdeafeyes/deaflife/bell_nad.html.
Heather Whitestone (2/24/1973- ) was born hearing, but at 10 months old, got sick which caused her to lose her hearing. As a kid, she attended the Central Institue for the Deaf in St. Louis, but went to her hometown's local high school. She won Miss Alabama in 1994, and went on to be the first deaf Miss America in 1995. Belsky, Marta. “Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America: Signing Savvy Articles.” Signing Savvy, Signing Savvy, 16 Sept. 2014, www.signingsavvy.com/article/158/Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America.
The National Association of the deaf was founded on August 25,1880 in Cincinatti, Ohio. It is a non-profit civil rights organization focused on the civil liberties of the deaf community. It helped put closed captioning on TV and movies. It works to have the interests of the deaf community recognized at a national level. “About Us.” National Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, 2020, www.nad.org/about-us/.