(Kelowna, B.C. Canada)
As a hearing person just discovering the wonder and beauty of ASL and the incredible community of people that use it, I am blown away that this part of history wasn’t in the school text books. The culture we all live in and the history we all share is made up of such details!
Who is my favorite person from Deaf History? I don’t even feel worthy to answer! Each one you highlight in your brief Deaf History review has their own incredible story of courage or cruelty!
I’m so glad that Abbe Charles Michel de L’Epee pressed forward and pursued sign language. I’m glad that NAD fought to hold onto sign language, despite political pressures. I thank Stokoe for proving scientifically that sign Language is indeed a truly unique, stand-alone language.
And finally, I believe that there are more “Heather Whitestones” out there! Incredible people from our deaf communities that will continue to set the pace for the rest of us – in pushing beyond what others say “can’t work” or “shouldn’t happen”, and challenging our perceptions – for both the Deaf and Hearing alike!
Your site is a rich resource and a beautiful gem to showcase a wonderful language! And thanks for making it accessible and free to anyone willing to expand their minds and their hearts.
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