Before the Civil War, John J. Flournoy, was a deaf man who believed the deaf would flourish without restrictions. Flournoy tried to get the US Congress to set aside land in the Western territories, along with multiple other suggestions. This would be for an established deaf state. This would end up never working out. But he was able to get a deaf school in Georgia.
International Week of the Deaf
Gallaudet College is located in Washington D.C. This college was originally a grammar school for both the blind and deaf children. Now this school is a federally chartered private university for the education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students are getting degrees in a program they understand. Other students that want to learn alongside deaf using ASL are allowed too.
National Theatre of the Deaf
In the Deaflympics, deaf athletes are treated the same as any other athlete. The only difference is that they can't hear. The first event was in 1924 in Paris, France and like the Olympics, is every 4 years. The athletes can't be guided by sounds. Which means the only thing that changes these events are the name and how the athletes participate.
Gallaudet University Football Huddle
The International Week of the Deaf falls on the last week in September. There has been a week to celebrate deafness since 2009. This week is celebrated all across the world. This week promotes aspects of deafness. This also raises awareness of the organizations that support those who are deaf.
The National Theatre for the Deaf is the oldest theatre company in the US. With continuous domestic and international touring. This was founded in 1967. The National Theatre of the Deaf for short is NTD. The NTD group is composed of deaf and hearing actors to entertain the audiences worldwide.
The team huddle everyone knows about, being used in almost every sports, was originally invented by a Gallaudet University quarterback. In 1892, Paul Hubbard invented the huddle during a game against another deaf team. Which meant that they could see their signing and understood everything they were saying. Paul then asked his team to make a tight circular formation around him. The Gallaudet football program has been discontinued multiple times and recently restarted in 2007.