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6 Deaf History Stories
Updated: 3/27/2020
6 Deaf History Stories
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  • Gallaudet University is located in Washington D.C. and was founded in 1864. It is named after one of the founders, Edward Miner Gallaudet. The university offers great education for deaf college students and some hearing students.
  • Gallaudet University
  • The Deaflympics are an organization that holds their own Olympic games for the deaf. It was started in 1924 and it gives deaf athletes an opportunity to compete, show their skills, represent their community, and possibly earn some hardware. There are some guidelines though, the athletes must remove hearing aides or anything that can improve their hearing, but deaf people of all ages can compete.
  • Deaflympics
  • The Deaf President Now Movement was a very influential event at Gallaudet University in 1988. The students held rallies and protests against the school board because the students wanted a deaf president, but the board nominated a hearing president. Eventually the students won and the hearing president resigned and a hearing president, I. King Jordan. This event showed that the deaf community had some power that they didn't know they had until they stood up for what they thought was right.
  • Deaf President Now
  • Deaf President Now!!!!
  • Helen Keller was a girl who was born, in 1880, with all of her senses, but she got sick and the sickness took away her hearing, seeing, and in turn speech for at least a while. A woman named Anne Sullivan decided to help the young, angry Helen Keller learn to read braille, write, and communicate with others effectively. This showed that deaf/blind people can communicate or learn just as well as people who can read and see.
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  • Dummy Hoy was a deaf baseball player in the major leagues from 1888 to 1902. Because he couldn't hear calls and whistles the umpires had to develop signals so that he knew what was going on. Baseball umpires still uses those sign today. Dummy Hoy being able to play in the major leagues gave the deaf community some representation in professional sports.
  • DUMMY HOYA Deaf Hero
  • When Marlee Matlin decided to verbally announce the nominees for best actor, in 1988, it sparked a debate across the deaf community. Speaking had been forced on the deaf previously, but some didn't have a problem with speaking. That is why there was a huge argument about whether it was right for Marlee Matlin to speak. But obviously Marlee herself didn't have a problem with it.
  • And the nominees for best actor are...
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