173 &174). Few examples of an epics are, “The Week the World Heard Gallaudet” was one of the most significant historical events within Deaf Culture. All presidents have been hearing since Gallaudet University opened its doors in 1864. The students wanted to change, they wanted a deaf president (pg. 169). Three qualified candidates considered for presidency of Gallaudet; 2 Deaf, 1 Hearing. The board decided that Elizabeth Zinser would be Gallaudet’s 7th President. After the students
Growing up in a small-town I was literally in a culture bubble. There were almost no deaf people. I just never had the opportunity to converse with someone who is deaf. As I was reading this book I noticed my internal motivation for learning ASL was changing. I now want to learn as much ASL as I possibly can, so I can chat with those I come in contact with that are deaf or hard of hearing. I never realized that St. George was such a big area in deaf individuals. I always saw it as a winter getaway and vacation spot, but for them, it is their lifetime home. In the book, I thought it was cool that he told the story about how his family treated him and it made him feel like an outsider and that he needed to change. I never want to be that hearing person that makes others feel like they aren’t worth it because they are deaf and they need to change. From now on my plan is to respect and encourage the deaf to be themselves and never push them to become something they are not. This book opened my eyes to the world outside of the bubble and I’m grateful for
Mark was born in 1966 to two deaf parents. Although the circumstances and troubles his mother had during the process of his birth he was born healthy and hearing. Mark tells that his parents were forbidden from teaching him sign language. I cant image growing up with deaf parents and have little communication with them. Deaf or not parents should always be encouraging to their children to learn to speak with their children. Its not hard to image though in the 60’s parents being told not to use sign language. Because of this though mark grew very close to his grandfather who took over his teaching the boy.
The Journey into the Deaf- World offers a comprehensive absorbing study into the Deaf- World. The first two chapters brought insight into the Deaf culture, as well as benefits and struggles the Deaf face. The first chapter was an introduction into the Deaf World, showing the Deaf’s experiences
George W. Veditz was best known for his attempt to capture the beauty and nature of sign language on film. “Veditz many contributions to the deaf community changed the course of deaf history during a time when deaf people were struggling to preserve their own culture and language.” ( ). Veditz was born in 1861 in Maryland, he was born hearing but became deaf when he was 8 years old because of scarlet fever. Before Veditz became sick, he spoke English and German. He became a “smooth signer” by having a tutor before he tried enrolling in school.. He applied to Maryland School for the Deaf in Federick, where he was hired as a secretary and a bookkeeper. When Veditz was 17 years old, he really wanted to apply to Gallaudet but could not afford tuition.
Miller put on a workshop for deaf artists to explore works about the deaf perspective which Baird attended. During this workshop the term De’VIA (Deaf View Image Arts) was introduced and the group wrote a program that outlined their vision. A mural was also painted to accompany the program. The group’s historical work was unveiled at the international Deaf Way Festival the following summer. This genre explored the perspective of deaf people and their experiences in a hearing world. Hearing impaired children of really connected with seeing ASL being used in art to express their point of view.
Throughout the documentary film Through Deaf Eyes, I felt amazed by deaf culture. The deaf culture is a versatile, rich, and unique community that more people need to be aware of. When the film was covering the transition of ASL schools to oral only I mostly felt ashamed of my own culture. Someone as Alexander Graham Bell, who is naturally considered one of the greatest inventors in the hearing world, believed that the language used by the deaf community was not a language. The hearing world is the most dominant one, there is no doubt. However, there has to be an understanding that not everyone who is different from the “typical” is “atypical”. A language is nothing but patterns of signs, symbols, and/or sounds that are used to convey meaning. In what manner does sign language not fit the category of a language?
Cook is an important figure in the deaf community. He was first diagnosed at the age of three. At the time American sign language wasn’t available, which is why he began performing to help him communicate with others. It also eased him express who he was and how he was feeling. At the age of nineteen, he found out about ASL, which was a way to interact with his peers by signing. In addition, he used it to enhance his performance. It made his style unique, a way no one has seen before. He could combine acting along with American sign language. When he finished college, he began a program called the “Flying Words Project”. Which included all the hidden talents of deaf storytellers. It caught the attention of many deaf people along with hearing. Their performance was acted out, signed, and translated into English. Many deaf and hearing people see him as a leader who led them to showcase.
Before Gallaudet lived, Doctors tried to figure out why people were deaf. They would make extra holes in people’s ears and pour solutions in their ears to help them to hear, but nothing worked. While people were so caught up in trying to figure out why people were deaf, they were not developing a way to speak to deaf
Through the deaf eyes is a film about what is like to be deaf; it also tells us about the history, as well as challenges deaf culture has faced. It speaks about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc the creators of the first school for the deaf, also deaf clubs, and people today who have changed perspectives of the deaf community. Gallaudet University was the first environment where deaf community can come together and begin their history and culture teaching deaf children how to speak would benefit them more in the future; however that was not the case, and many thought it was a waste out time as they got older. They feel that they should have focused on sign language, so that they can learn more instead of spending years on learn to
The Deaf community has been faced with discrimination all throughout history. This has made it difficult for Deaf to people to find jobs and has spawned many false misconceptions about the Deaf. One the most famous people to discriminate against the Deaf was Alexander Graham Bell. Bell wanted to eradicate sign language, stop Deaf intermarriage, and in effect squash Deaf culture (Signing the Body Poetic).
Inside deaf culture is a very strong book written by carol Padden and tom Humphries in this book authors have tried to give a tour of the most important moments that has shaped the Deaf culture.
Bernard Bragg is a well-known performer, also a teacher. He is also a writer, poet, director/playwright, and artist. He has won many hearts by his performance, also has won many awards and honors. Bragg has made an amazing career, to show that Deaf can do anything. He has made friendships with deaf and hearing people who have succeed in the arts. Bernard has been an inspiration for many deaf and hearing people.
Aarron Loggins or what he is better known as the “Deaf King,” is a Chicago, Illinois native musician. Born premature and deaf, Aarron learned American Sign Language at the age of three. Now he speaks English, Spanish, as well as Jamaican Patois. His passion for music and theater started when he was a teenager so he decided to Washington, D.C. where he attend Gallaudet University in 2004. Since then Aarron has performed for numerous companies, such as the National Theatre for the Deaf. He created several ASL music videos, and won numerous awards such as the National Theatre for Youth Service Award and the National Black Deaf Advocate Youth Leadership Award. Aarron Loggins, has become a major entertainer and advocate for the
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was really big in Starting Gallaudet University it all started when he was playing and his brother and his sister were not playing with another child Thomas went up and tried to talk to the girl Alice but he didn’t know how to communicate with her so he grabbed his hat off of his head and wrote H-A-T in the dirt and she understood and he was inspired to teach other children. Since there were no schools for the deaf, Thomas traveled to England and operated with family schools of deaf students he tried to teach the kids to read lips but it was hard for them to understand. Finally Thomas Gallaudet taught Laurence clerk sign language, they then began to start a school in the year of 1817. When the DPN movement started most of the cops were not okay with the students barricading the school and crowding and screaming the streets. When Zinser was elected president three days of her presidential election she didn 't step one foot on campus. Zinser maintained bore no ill will against the protesters who advocated her resignation. Even though she never stepped foot on the campus during her three day term they still have a picture of her placed beside portraits of the past presidents. When I. King Jordan was young he was not born deaf he graduated high school and went to serve the U.S. Navy for 4 years Jordan became deaf at the age of 21 in a motorcycle accident without a helmet he was flung onto a windshield and suffered 2 skull fractures and a fractured jaw and a concussion, serving the nerves in one ear completely and damaging nerves in the other one. Jordan was serving as a dean at Gallaudet University when he was chosen as a candidate for the