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Unit Three

Influential Deaf Individuals

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet American pioneer in the education of Deaf individuals. Established the first school for the deaf in the United States.
Laurent Clerc "The Apostle of the Deaf in America" Originally from France, he came to the USA to co-found the first school for the deaf with Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.
Abbe Charles-Michel de l'Epee He was a philanthropic educator of 18th-century France who has become known as the "Father of the Deaf".
Juliette Gordon Low Established the Girl Scouts of the USA and founder of the scouting movement.
I. King Jordan He was the first deaf president of Gallaudet University after the DPN movement.
Phyllis Frehlich Female actress Originated the female lead role in "Children of a Lesser God" on Broadway.
Laura C. Redden Searing Deaf poet and journalist. Idyls of Battle and Poems of the Rebellion is her most famous book.
LeRoy Columbo Avid swimmer and lifeguard. Was in the Guinness Book of World Records for saving 907 lives.
James Burke One of England's earliest boxing champion.
Julius Wiggins Was the founder of the first newspaper designated to the deaf community. The newspaper was called "The Silent News"
C.J. Jones Actor and comedian that is renown in the Deaf community. Got a kickstart in the movie named "See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary"
William Elsworth "Dummy" Hoy Center Fielder in Major League Baseball for most notably the Cincinnati Reds. Mostly accomplished deaf player in the MLB and is considered the creator of hand signals during play time.
Mary Beth Miller Deaf comedian and actress
John Maucere Deaf actor. Known mostly for his work as a deaf superhero in the "Super Deafy" movie.
Alice Cogswell Deaf girl who was the inspiration for Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet to establish and open the first school for deaf in the United States
Alexander Graham Bell Inventor of the telephone. Prominently known for his ideology in support of Oralism and wanted to eradicate deafness. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Ella Mae Lentz American author, poet, teacher and advocate for the deaf community
Clayton Valli Deaf poet who was also a linguist. Helped spread the knowledge and awareness of ASL literature and ultimately helped legitimize American Sign Language.
Pat Graybill Patrick was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of the Deaf. He has taught in NTID's Performing Arts Department and Gallaudet University. Renowned storyteller in ASL
Andrew Foster First black man to earn a degree from Gallaudet. Founded the first school for the deaf in Africa and was also a missionary to the deaf community there.
Bob Davila Ninth president of Gallaudet (2007-2009)
Marlee Matlin Deaf actress who ended up winning the Academy Award for Children of a Lesser God. Known throughout the deaf community for her various acting roles
Ben Soukup Human rights advocate for deaf and hard of hearing people all across the country. As founder and CEO of CSD, he has built a reputation as an inspirational role model, and leader in the area of disabilities.
Sean Burdy Deaf actor that is known for his role in Switched At Birth
Ben Bahan Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet. Influential figure in ASL literature as a storyteller and writer of Deaf culture.
MJ Bienvenu Has published numerous ASL teaching materials. MJ presently serves as co-chair of the Sorenson Language and Communication Center
George Veditz Former president of National Association of the Deaf of the United States and was one of the first to film American Sign Language (Wanted to preserve the language).
Alan Hurwitz Tenth president of Gallaudet University and was the first person to hold that position that was born deaf. He was also the president of NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) prior to Gallaudet.
Bernard Bragg Deaf actor, producer, director, playwright, artist, and author who is notable for being a co-founder of the National Theatre of the Deaf and for his contributions to Deaf performing culture.
Chuck Baird American Deaf artist who was one of the more notable founders of De'VIA art movement. Used ASL to convey his message in his paintings
Douglas Tilden World famous deaf sculptor
Betty Colonmos Interpreter educator and developed the Integrated Model of Interpreting. Currently director of the Bilingual Mediation Center.
Dennis Cokely Works for developing and conducting diagnostic assessments of interpreters. Published numerous ASL textbooks
Virginia Hughes Wrote and studied brain processes in those born deaf
Anna Witter-Merithew Interim Executive Director for RID. Teacher and helps develop interpreting skills among interpreters
Myra Taff-Watson Currently serving as a member of the IEP Advisory Council. Recognized educator/trainer of interpreters and provided over 260 national, regional and local level in-service workshops on accessibility, ASL, and interpreting
Marina McIntire Author of "Interpreting: The Art of Cross Cultural Mediation: Proceedings of the Ninth National Convention of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf"
Marty Taylor Founder and director of Interpreting Consolidated, a company created in 1993 to promote excellence within the field of sign language interpreting.
Sharon Neumann-Solow Works as an interpreter, educator, consultant, author, and performer.
Theresa B. Smith Wrote about working and socializing with deaf-blind individuals
Harlan Lane Psychologist who's research focused on Deaf culture and sign language. Founder of the Center for Research in Hearing, Speech, and Language.
Brian Cerney Wrote the Interpreting Handbook. Focused mainly about ASL glossing and discourse relating to ASL analysis
Anna Mindess Predominantly writes about deaf culture. "Reading Between the Signs"
Betty Miller American artist who became known as the "Mother of De'VIA" (Deaf View/Image Art). Incorporated feelings of deaf oppression in her work
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