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Title: Can Do Careers for Deaf People

Can Do Careers for Deaf People
  • Deaf people can do anything, except hear.
  • I. King Jordan President Gallaudet University

  • Deaf people are often told they are unable to do
    certain careers.
  • This PowerPoint presentation will counter this
    idea by giving examples of a number of careers
    that Deaf people are currently employed in.
  • It will include links to programs for these
    careers as well as real-life stories about people
    who have succeeded.

  • A resource for
    deaf/hard-of-hearing attorneys and law students
  • New About Us includes articles written about
    deaf/ hard-of-hearing lawyers
  • Resources gives information about different
    communication systems deaf/hard-of-hearing law
    students and attorneys have used throughout law
    school and their professional career
  • Articles by Us a list of books, articles,
    reports, etc. written by deaf/hard-of-hearing
    attorneys and law students
  • Other Links links to websites about individual
    deaf lawyers

  • A community for deaf and hard of
    hearing attorneys and law students. You must be
    a member to access most of the information on
    this website, but this would be a great resource
    for students once they enter law school. One of
    the main features is the forums held through this

  • Teri L. Mosier is a Deaf lawyer who was also an
    At-Large Delegate for Vice President, Al Gore.
    She is not the first national deaf delegate for
    the U.S., although she is the first democratic
    delegate for Kentucky.
  • There are also many other deaf lawyers who are
    making their name in the news. Below are a few
  • John Stanton
  • Claudia Gordon
  • Carla Mathers
  • Kelby Brick
  • Bonnie Tucker, wrote a book, The Feel of
    Silence about her experience of growing-up deaf
    and then becoming a lawyer.

Doctors, Veterinarians, Dentists, Nurses, etc.
  • Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing
    Losses (AMPHL)
  • A non-profit organization formed in 2000 to
    provide information promote advocacy and
    mentorship, and create a network for individuals
    with hearing loss interested in or working in
    health care fields.
  • Lists academic/professional guidelines for
    specific careers including schools that currently
    or in the past had deaf individuals graduate
    through their program
  • Resources include a list of books and articles
    written about deaf individuals in the health care
    fields, forums chat rooms and other websites.
  • Information about stethoscopes that have been
    modified for deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals

Doctors and Other Medical Professionals
  • There are many articles that relate to doctors
    and other medical professionals who are Deaf.
    Here are just a few
  • 6 Deaf doctors (4 physicians, 1 veterinarian, and
    1 dentist) who all live in Rochester, NY, grew up
    deaf, and know sign language. They share some of
    their everyday experiences about being in the
    medical profession.
  • Another more detailed article, about one of the
    above doctors, Angela Earhart, who uses a sign
    language interpreter.

Doctors and Other Medical Professionals
  • The book, When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes
    Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor written by Philip
    Zazove, explains his life growing up deaf and the
    struggles he faced on his path to becoming a

  • In the present and past there have been a number
    of scientists who are deaf. Gallaudet University
    has a website that includes information about
    deaf scientists in history as well as current
    professors of science or people within the field
    of science. A list of a few of these follow.

  • Dr. Harry Lang, has been a professor at NTID for
    30 years and teaches physics and mathematics. He
    has written two books that deal with deaf people
    in the field of science. The first book,
    Silence of the Spheres The Deaf Experience in
    the History of Science, explains the
    contributions that deaf men and women have made
    to science. The second book, Deaf Persons in
    the Arts and Sciences A Biographical Dictionary
    has 150 biographies of deaf scientists, artists,
    engineers, actors, writers, poets, and other

  • Christian Vogler is a research scientist at the
    Gallaudet Research Institute. He is currently
    working on using computers to recognize ASL by
    wearing a Cyberglove to track hand movements and
    using video to track facial expressions.

Miss America
  • Heather Whitestone was the first deaf person to
    be crowned Miss America in 1995. She has
    promoted awareness of Deaf/hard-of-hearing issues
    all around the country. She has written books
    including Listening With My Heart and
    Believing the Promise which both share her
    life-changing wisdom. One of her biggest
    achievements has been her five-point STARS
    program which was made to show others how to
    achieve Success Through Action and Realization
    of your dreamS. The five points in this system
    are a positive attitude, a goal, a willingness
    to work hard, a realistic look at your problem,
    and a support team. She has served the community
    in many ways and been honored with many
    achievements and awards. In 2002, she was
    appointed as a member of the board for the
    Advisory Council for the National Institute of
    Health on Deafness and Other and Other
    Communication Disorder.

  • The Summer in the Skies program is put on by the
    Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD). During this
    4-week long summer class, students get to fly
    between 4-6 hours with a certified instructor as
    well as do flight simulations. They do such
    activities as read and navigate with a compass,
    plot courses, and read navigational charts and
    maps for cross-country flights. They obtain and
    interpret weather briefings, plot courses, and
    calculate wind correction angles, time en route,
    and amount of fuel needed for cross-country
    flights. They also learn how to navigate with
    satellites and GPS technology. They also build
    paper airplanes and hold competitions, write
    reports about famous pilots, write a daily
    journal about their experience, and take field
    trips to museums as well as airshows.

  • U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and the
    Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD)
    have joined forces to provide a Space Camp
    experience for Deaf and Hard of hearing children
    from all over the world. In this 5-day program,
    students train much as how real pilots would for
    a mission into space. They do activities such as
    simulated Space Shuttle missions, IMAX movies,
    training simulators, rocket building and
    launches, scientific experiments, and lectures on
    the past, present, and future of space

  • There are only 7 or 8 deaf Catholic priests in
    the United States.
  • Father Thomas Coughlin was the first deaf priest
    ordained in the United States. In the past, he
    has traveled 11 months of the year around the
    United States and abroad. He ministers to deaf
    people by using American Sign Language (ASL).
    One of his main goals is to expand the ministry
    to deaf people within the Catholic Church. In
    1979, he met privately with Pope John Paul II.
    He is currently a pastor of San Franciscos St.
    Benedict Parish at St. Francis Xavier Church,
    which is known for its deaf congregation.
  • In the San Francisco area, there are three deaf
    seminarians studying at St. Patricks Seminary in
    Menlo Park as well as two other deaf priests
    within the state of California.
  • Some other deaf priests are Father Michael Depcik
    and Father Joseph Mulcrone.
  • There are a number of other deaf ministers
    throughout the United States.

Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians
  • EMTs have different techniques to communicate
    more efficiently at the work place such as
  • memorizing the sequence of radio procedures, then
    giving reports when partner gives the signal
  • Partners can repeat medical orders or questions
    that come up by radio, and they can lip read
    sometimes via the rearview mirror then confirms
    the orders verbally over the radio
  • EMTs have found other ways when checking a
  • Using a electronic stethoscope instead of
    listening for breathing sounds in chest
  • Feeling for heart palpitations
  • Firefighters have found alternatives ways to
    receive information and communicate in the
    firehouse and during a fire
  • Instead of yelling to get attention or to watch
    out for a specific area, Fire Chief will pull the
    hose to get everyone attention
  • Use of a pager for a fire alarm and to show where
    the fire is at.

Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians
  • The book, Silent Alarm On the Edge with a Deaf
    EMT is written by Steven Schrader who was a
    firefighter and EMT for 15 years. This books
    describes his success and the obstacles he faced
    being deaf in this profession.

FBI Agents
  • Sue Thomas lost her hearing at the age of 18
    months and grew up learned to speak and lip read
    at Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center. She
    received a degree in political science from
    Springfield College and starting working for the
    FBI after graduation. Thomas used her lip reading
    abilities to decipher conversations in videotape
    for which there was no sound. In 1990, she wrote
    an autobiography, Silent Night which tells
    about her experience working in the FBI. From her
    book came the television series Sue Thomas F.B
    Eye discussing stories from the book and showing
    experiences from her life.

  • Michelle Banks became deaf at the age of one and
    attended Kendall Demonstration Elementary School
    and then the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
    She went on to college at Gallaudet University
    and then transferred to the State University of
    New York (SUNY) at Purchase where she entered the
    school of drama. In 1990, she founded the Onyx
    Theatre, the first deaf theatre company in the
    U.S. for people of color. She made her break when
    she got cast as a deaf character on the Showtime
    television programs, Soul Food. She has also
    been seen on TV in Strong Medicine and the UPN
    series Girlfriends. She has been in two movies,
    Malcolm X and Compensation, a silent film in
    which she starred. She has been in a number of
    plays including Big River. She has did her own
    traveling one-woman show, Reflections of a Black
    Deaf Woman.

  • Linda Bove was born deaf on November 30, 1945.
    She is most well known for her character on
    Sesame Street as Linda. She was a founding
    member of the National Theatre of the Deaf in
    1963. She played Sarah Norman a number of times
    in the famous play Children of a Lesser God.
    She also once made an appearance on the TV show
    Happy Days.

  • Deanne Bray grew up in California and became
    deaf at the age of 3. She was a teacher for deaf
    high school students and did some acting on the
    side. She has been in a number of plays with Deaf
    West Theatre, made guest appearances in TV shows
    such as CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Ellen,
    and Diagnosis Murder, and appeared in some
    independent films and TV movies. In 2002, she
    became the lead actress in Sue Thomas F. B. Eye.
    She plays the part of the real Sue Thomas, the
    FBIs first female special investigative
    assistant who was deaf.

  • Amy Ecklund became deaf at the age of 6 and
    became interested in acting when she was young.
    She is able to speak and read lips and also knows
    American Sign Language. She has appeared in a
    number of different theatre productions. She
    played the role of Abigail Blume starting in
    1995. She has received honors due to her role in
    Guiding Light, including in 1998 a Daytime Emmy
    Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in
    a Daytime Series. In 1999, she had a cochlear
    implant as did her character on the soap opera.

Lou Ferrigno lost his hearing at the age of 3 due
to an ear infection. He started training for
bodybuilding at the age of 13 and won major
bodybuilding titles, including Mr. America and
Mr. Universe, when he was in his early 20s. He
later became a professional football player for
the Toronto Argonauts. He has appeared in a
number of movies and TV programs and played the
Hulk in the television show The Incredible
Hulk. Currently, Ferrigno works on bodybuilding
  • Phyllis Frelich was born in Devil's Lake, North
    Dakota. She was a Tony Award-winning Actress. She
    was raised in a deaf family. She really loves
    performing on stages and front of cameras for
    audiences everywhere.  She graduated from
    Gallaudet in 1967, and has won many awards for
    drama. She participated with the National Theatre
    of the Deaf. Her most popular movie performance
    is from a movie called "Bridge to Silence." 

  • C.J Jones was born hearing to deaf parents, but
    became deaf at the age of 7 from spinal
    meningitis. In 1972, he graduated from the
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf, but
    started working in theater and film afterwards.
    Jones worked with the National Theater of the
    Deaf (which won him a Tony award), and appeared
    on shows such as Sesame Street, A Different
    World, and in Living Color. He created his own
    comedy routine The Living Cartoon, and hosted a
    video series for deaf children called Happy
    Hands Kids Club. Finally, Jones has directed
    and appeared in a stage production of Children
    of a Lesser God and appeared in different
    programs that aired on the old Silent Network
    Deaf cable.

  • Marlee Matlin is one of the most famous deaf
    actresses in the United States. She became well
    known for her role in Children of a Lesser God,
    in 1986, and received both a Golden Globe and
    Academy Award both for Best Actress in this
    movie. This was then turned into a play which she
    also starred in. She has also been in a number
    of movies and TV shows since.

  • Anthony Natale first decided that he wanted to
    act during high school and has followed his dream
    ever since. Natale is mainly known for his role
    as the deaf son in Mr. Hollands Opus as well as
    the man in the elevator signing You complete me
    in Jerry Maguire. He has performed in other
    movies such as Sorority Boys and City of Angels
    as well as televisions appearances in 7th Heaven,
    Any Day Now, Once and Again, and Pacific Blues.
    He is currently teaching small ASL classes.

  • Howie Seago was born deaf and grew up and learned
    ASL during college at California State University
    from other deaf friends. He began producing and
    acting in plays around the world, touring with
    the National Theater of the Deaf and staring in
    many of their productions. One of his most
    exciting television rolls was an appearance as
    "Riva" in Star Trek The Next Generation,
    Episode Loud as a Whisper. A few of the other
    television shows he has performed in includes
    "The Equalizer," "Hunter," and Rainbow's End.
    He is also very well known for his performance in
    the foreign film Beyond Silence. Currently
    Howie teaches ASL and is the director of a
    special deaf youth drama program at Seattle
    Children's Theatre. Howie and his brother have
    created a series of entertaining video stories
    for children called Visual Tales.

  • Shoshannah Stern started her acting career in her
    high school plays at California School for the
    Deaf. She attended Gallaudet University, and
    while still attending classes she got the role in
    WBs Off Centre. Shoshannah has appeared on
    Threat Matrix on ABC, had a well-publicized guest
    shot on ER, Boston Public and Providence.
    Shoshannah is 4th generation deaf in her family.

  • Terrylene's resume includes television and stage,
    but she has also acted in feature films such as
    Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers." Before her
    starring role in the play "Sweet Nothing in My
    Ear," she was best known for her role on
    television's Beauty and the Beast. She was one of
    the deaf actors on an episode of "Pacific Blue."
    Terrylene also starred in the film "AfterImage
    playing a psychic deaf woman. She has made her
    own appearance on the cover of Deaf Life (July
    1992). Terrylene is also perhaps the most famous
    graduate of the Model Secondary School for the
    Deaf, and was invited back in 1998 to be their
    graduation speaker.

  • Kathy Buckley was thought to be retarded when
    she entered 2nd grade and was moved to a separate
    school. It took almost a year for professionals
    to figure out that her severe hearing loss was
    actually the reason for her speech and language
    delay. She is known as Americas First
    Hearing-Impaired Comedienne. In 1988, she
    entered a comedy contest Stand-Up Comics Take a
    Stand, where she competed against comics who had
    been in the business for years. She easily won
    fourth place and then began touring the country
    doing comedy shows. She wrote an
    autobiographical theatre play, Dont Buck With
    Me! as well an autobiographical book entitled If
    I Could Hear What I See. She works with camps
    and other organizations where she can work with
    children because she believes that all children
    should grow-up with good role models. She has
    been on a number of entertainment and news shows
    on television as well as a few movies on TV.

  • Professor Glick has created a comedy routine
    called DEAFology which pokes fun of different
    situations in hearing and deaf culture. This
    show is appropriate for both the deaf and hearing
    and is a great way to make people aware of Deaf
    culture in a fun way. He travels all around the
    country performing his routine with the saying
    The place where sound stops and the fun begins.

  • Pinky Aiello was born deaf and has grown up
    loving the theater. While working at the
    National Theater of the Deaf Professional Summer
    School, a director from Ohio hired in The Double
    Pierrot with the Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf
    in Cleveland. For this particular role, she was
    required to learn how to juggle and use a
    unicycle. This soon turned into a passion, and
    she began performing on the streets of Cleveland
    for fun. Aiello is a member of the International
    Jugglers Association and is currently performing
    at Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags
    Magic Mountain. She also perform with "Girls On
    Stilts" and "The Juggling Fools". She works at
    private parties, carnivals and other events given
    by hearing people, but now branching out to
    perform at Deaf Festival, Schools, clubs, camps
    where I also give workshops on juggling, unicycle
    riding and stilt walking.  

Stunt Person
  • Kitty O'Neil, the world's fastest woman, was born
    in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was a stuntwoman
    and racer who became deaf when she was four years
    old. She got her credentials in teaching at the
    University of Texas. She studied the methods of
    teaching deaf children, and is a founder of
    "School Listening Eyes" in Witchita Falls. She
    taught deaf children using oral methods. She won
    many diving championship awards and craves new
    challenges, such as dangerous sports. She rode a
    speed boat at the velocity of 285.23 miles per
    hour, and has been on water skis at 104.85 miles
    per hour in 1970. She has driven in many vehicle
    races. She also did stunts for the movie called
    "Bionic Woman" and "Wonder Woman". She was listed
    in the Guinness Book of World Records, because
    she traveled at a speed of 512.710 miles per
    hour. She did many different stunts.

Body Building
  • Shelly Beattie was born in Santa Ana Orange
    County, California. She is a champion bodybuilder
    who is best known as one of the "American
    Gladiators". She became deaf at three years old.
    Because of difficulty adjusting to her deafness,
    she was placed in a foster home when she was 14
    and 17 years old. She loves to compete in sports
    and body building. She studied Child Psychology
    in Oregon for a while. She holds the 1988 and
    1989 National and World record for fastest time
    with co-ed handcar team, and also hold high
    school track heptathlon records. She is also the
    world bench press record holder at 315 pounds.
    She won several bodybuilder competitions .

  • Dummy Hoy was born hearing became profoundly deaf
    at the age of 2 from spinal meningitis. He
    started playing as an amateur baseball player in
    his hometown of Findlay, Ohio and was quickly
    recruited to play for Oshkosh, Wisconsin. His
    skills in the field were unbelievable, especially
    in center field, but his batting average was very
    low. This was because he was forced to turn
    around and lip read the umpire to see the call
    after each pitch and pitchers soon learned to
    quick pitch him. Hoy asked his 3rd base coach to
    signal the call to him and his batting average
    skyrocketed! Umpires soon saw this as beneficial
    for everyone to see the call and the sign for
    strike was created. In 1951, Hoy was unanimously
    voted the first player to be enshrined in the
    American Athletic Association of the Deafs Hall
    of Fame. The AAAD (now called the USA Deaf Sports
    Federation) began lobbying to get Hoy inducted
    into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Curtis Pride was born deaf from rubella and
    played many sports while growing up. Pride began
    his career as a part-time New York Mets minor
    leaguer, and moved on to stints with the Montreal
    Expos (minors and majors), the Detroit Tigers
    (majors), the Boston Red Sox (minors/briefly in
    the majors), the Atlanta Braves (majors), the
    Kansas City Royals, the Salt Lake Stingers
    (minors), and the Nashua Pride (minors). In 2005,
    he is playing with the New York Yankees. While
    not playing baseball, Pride and his wife
    participate in the Together with Pride
    organization which works with children who are
    deaf or hard or hearing.

  • Jim Kyte was born deaf and grew up playing
    hockey, drafted into the National Hockey League
    (NHL) in 1982. Starting with Pittsburgh, Kyte
    has played for many teams such as Winnipeg,
    Ottowa, Vancouver, and San Jose. He was the first
    legal deaf player in the NHL, as well as the only
    person to ever wear hearing aids during the game.
    He wore a special helmet with flaps over the ears
    to protect the hearing aids during games or
    practice. Kyte ran his own summer hockey school
    for deaf and hearing-impaired kids in Toronto. He
    eventually opened the Jim Kyte Hockey School for
    the Hearing Impaired in Ottawa, a business which
    he continued to run after his retirement.

  • Kimberly Brand is a 16 year old gymnastics who
    competes on the state level for her high school.
    She specializes in the floor exercise, overcoming
    the challenge of synchronizing her routine to the
    music that accompanies it. Lights set up in the
    gymnasium signal her when the music has started
    and she has all the moves counted out in her
    head. The year before, Brand won four gold medals
    and a bronze in her first appearance at the Grand
    Canyon State Games
  • Amy Walker is a 17 year old gymnastic who is
    ranked as one of the best 15 gymnasts in the
    country. Amy is deaf and has vision from one eye.
    During her floor exercises, her teammates stand
    around the floor helping her keep to the beat by

  • Eugene Hairston was born in New York City and
    became deaf at the age of 2 from spinal
    meningitis. At the age of 15 he started boxing
    and soon started fighting again amateurs. During
    his workouts, his trainers used "body English and
    speech," giving instructions between rounds with
    gestures, adding well-formed words that Hairston
    could lipread. It wasnt long before his
    management team decided he was ready to enter the
    amateur boxing world. In 1947, he won two
    important Golden Gloves championships one in New
    York and one in Chicago. After 61 amateur bouts,
    Hairston had a record of 60 wins and only one
    loss! His handlers decided he was ready to turn
    professional. He won his first 16 fights (with
    four knockouts), and people began to take notice.
    He got national exposure when his fights were
    televised 13 times. Being deaf, Hairston was
    unable to hear the time-keepers bell at the end
    of each round. The New York Boxing Commission
    installed flashing red lights on each of Madison
    Square Gardens four ring posts so he would know
    when the round was over. The lights also helped
    hearing boxers when noisy crowds drowned out the
    bell. Other arenas soon picked up on the idea.
    Eugene "Silent" Hairston was one of the most
    talented deaf prizefighters in ring annals, the
    first to be deaf and black.

  • Terrence Parkins was born deaf in South Africa
    and will be competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics
    in Sydney for swimming. "I am going to the
    Olympics to represent South Africa, but it's so
    vitally important for me to go, to show that the
    deaf can do anything," Parkin says. "They can't
    hear, they can see everything. I would like to
    show the world that there's opportunities for the
    deaf." Parkins won the silver in the 200 m

  • Kenny Walker became deaf at the age of two from
    meningitis, had a short, but interesting football
    career. First he was an All-American player on
    the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, then was
    drafted by the Denver Broncos. After he retired
    from football, Walker became a football coach at
    the Iowa School for the Deaf. He wrote his
    autobiography titled Roar of Silence The Kenny
    Walker Story and he is featured in Deaf Life
    Press Book Great Deaf Americans.

  • LeRoy Colombo was born deaf and paralyzed with
    both legs from spinal meningitis. Because of a
    lot of work with his parents, he regained use of
    both of his legs and discovered a love for
    swimming. LeRoy saved his first life at the age
    of 12 by rescuing a drowning boy. He eventually
    became the first deaf lifeguard as well as the
    "World's Greatest Lifeguard," being credited with
    saving over 900 lives in a career that spanned 40
    years. During that time, LeRoy put his own life
    in jeopardy and almost drowned 16 times. He was
    forced to retire in 1962 from a heart condition,
    but still continued to swim a mile a day up until
    the day he died in 1974. He was so respected that
    after his death parts of Texas lowered the flag
    to half-staff and had a moment of silence, even
    dedicating a plaque on the beach that he

  • Evelyn Glennie was the first full time solo
    percussionist in the world. She has recorded 18
    albums/cds and won two Grammy Awards and received
    two further nominations. In a live performance
    Evelyn can use up to approximately 60
    instruments. At the age of 5, Evelyn won a
    National Primary School Art competition, then at
    age 19 Evelyn graduated from the Royal Academy of
    Music. In 1991 Evelyn's autobiography 'Good
    Vibrations' was published and reprinted in 1995.
    She has appeared on 'Sesame Street' '60 Minutes',
    'The Jim Lehrer News Hour' and 'The Late Show
    with David Letterman' among many others. Evelyn
    gives around 110 concerts per year.

  • Louis Frisino was born deaf and grew up with
    a love for art, attending the Maryland School for
    the Deaf in Frederick, Maryland. After
    graduation, he attended the Maryland Institute
    College of Art. From there, he went on to work as
    a commercial artist at the News American, but
    made his reputation in the deaf community as a
    creative artist. Frisino specializes in realistic
    nature subjects, such as fish, dogs, and ducks,
    creating many lifelike paintings of different
    species. Additional Frisino accomplishments
    include inclusion of his drawings in a book of
    decoys, use of his artwork for Christmas cards by
    the National Wildlife Federation (1976 1977).
    Frisino can also be found in the book Whos Who
    in Waterfowl Art by Ray Chapman. He has also won
    the acclaimed Peabody Award.

  • Morris Broderson was born deaf and learned to
    express himself in sign language. When he was
    fourteen he attracted the attention of his aunt
    with a pencil sketch he did of her. She
    recognized his exceptional talent and encouraged
    him to further his studies in art. He studied at
    the University of Southern California and Jepson
    Art Institute to increase his skills. In 1960 he
    showed some of his pieces in a art museum in San
    Francisco and the response was so good that he
    started traveling to showcase his work. After
    staying in Japan for a short time, the Asian
    influences of The ballet, poetry, flowers and
    joys of childhood became a huge part of his

  • Douglas Tilden was born hearing, but lost his
    hearing to scarlet fever at the age of five.
    Tilden attended the California School for the
    Deaf (CSD), and after graduation he worked at
    CSD. While working there, he began sculpting.
    Then he moved to France for awhile, and met a
    deaf sculptor there who taught him more about
    sculpting. Some of his best known sculptures are
    located in San Francisco, such as Admission Day,
    California Volunteers, The Baseball Player, and
    Mechanics Monument. Tilden was vice president of
    the World Federation of the Deaf, and president
    of the California Association of the Deaf

  • Granville Redmond was stricken with scarlet fever
    at the age of three, from which he lost his
    hearing. Redmond attended the Berkeley School for
    the Deaf from 1879-1890, where he was encouraged
    in his artistic interests. Following graduation,
    Redmond attended the San Francisco School of
    Design, from which he was awarded a scholarship
    for further study in Paris. Following his return
    to the U.S., Redmond lived in Los Angeles and the
    Bay Area, until work in Hollywood prompted him to
    settle permanently in Los Angeles. Redmond used
    his sign language skills in bit parts in silent
    movies, and during this time befriended Charlie
    Chaplin. In fact, he had a studio on the Chaplin
    lot, and appeared in a number of his films. Today
    Redmond is nationally known for his Impressionist
    landscapes featuring the California wildflowers,
    as well as his coastal, and Tonal moonlit scenes.

  • Henry Kisor was not born deaf but lost his
    hearing around the age of 2 ½. He is the current
    book editor at the Chicago Sun Times and other
    novels such as Whats That Pig Outdoors a Memoir
    of Deafness, Zephyr Tracking a Dream Across
    America, and Flight of the Gin Fizz Midlife at
    4,500 Feet. For phone interviews and other
    promotions that he must do for his books and his
    job, Kisor conducts them through faxes which
    takes a long time, but gets the job done.

  • Trix Bruce has been profoundly deaf since she was
    6 months old. She has been involved in the
    performing arts since 1980. After completing her
    college program, she became involved with
    interpreter training, becoming an approved
    sponsor for the Registry of Interpreters for the
    Deaf (RID) Certificate Maintenance Program.
    Trix's main area of study has been ASL
    Linguistics with a focus on ASL Performance. In
    her performance now, she has become an actress, a
    poet, a storyteller, and a one deaf woman show.
    Her work has been warmly received in local
    community centers, national RID chapters, Deaf
    Way II, interpreter conventions and more. Wildly
    popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL
    interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all
    levels of ASL skill, from beginning to fluent

  • Laura Searing covered the Civil War and wrote for
    "Reform Nation". She was a well-known journalist
    for America. In her writing, she used the surname
    "Howard Clyndon", because of the same reasons as
    Harriet Martineau. Laura became deaf at the age
    of 11. She strongly supported the Union, and was
    a ardent Republican. She wrote about many
    different subjects, including President Abraham

Founders of Companies/Businesses
  • Matthew Moore was born deaf and attended Indiana
    School for the Deaf, graduating as valedictorian
    of his class. He attended Rochester Institute of
    Technology for college and worked as a Personnel
    Clerk for Dept. of U.S. Army after graduation.
    Afterwards he worked at a Vocational
    Rehabilitation Counselor, until 1983 when he
    became President of MSM Productions. In 1994 he
    received the Gallaudet University Alumni
    Associations Alice Cogswell Award for valuable
    service on behalf of the Deaf Community.

Founders of Companies/Businesses
  • I. King Jordan was born hearing but became
    profoundly deaf at the age of 21 from a car
    accident. Dr. Jordan earned a B.A. in psychology
    from Gallaudet in 1970. The following year he
    earned an M.A., and in 1973 a Ph.D., both in
    psychology and both from the University of
    Tennessee. Upon receiving his doctorate, Dr.
    Jordan joined the faculty of Gallaudet's
    Department of Psychology.  In 1983 he became
    chair of the department three years later he was
    appointed dean of the College of Arts and
    Sciences. In 1988, during the Deaf President Now
    Movement at Gallaudet University, I. King Jordan
    became the first deaf president.

Founders of Companies/Businesses
  • Vinton Cerf first gained recognition for his
    contributions to the development of what came to
    be known as the internet. He is routinely
    referred to as "the father of the internet,"
    having helped to found the Arpanet in the early
    1970s, a forerunner of today's internet. As part
    of that development, he co-designed the TCP/IP
    protocol for internet communication. His
    frustration with communication with other
    researchers reportedly was one of the motivations
    for his work to develop internet communications
    protocols. He has also chaired the Internet
    Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
    (ICANN), held high-level positions at MCI
    Worldcom, where he is a senior vice president
    responsible for internet technology, and received
    an award from President Clinton for his role in
    developing the internet.