I’m George Veditz! I was born to German immigrants in Maryland in 1861 and became deaf at age eight due to scarlet fever.
During my time as both a student and teacher, I founded the Maryland School for the Deaf Alumni Association and the Colorado Association of the Deaf.
In my early forties, I became president of the National Association of the Deaf and started working to preserve sign language through film with Oscar Regensburg. Our works will become some of the most significant documents in deaf history.
Tomorrow we will film Edward Miner Gallaudet and Edward Allen Fay.
Driven by injustices in job opportunities and the overall treatment of deaf people as second-class citizens, I wrote articles for The Jewish Deaf, The Silent Worker, the Deaf American, and the Deaf Mute’s Journal to inform people of violations on the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people.
In my late forties, I organized a campaign of the deaf community that made President Roosevelt, in 1908, repeal the ban on deaf people applying for civil service positions, opening many job opportunities for deaf people.
During my lifetime, I've also founded what will become the Gallaudet University Alumni Association.