by Elle Adema
(Winthrop, Minnesota, USA)
Heather Whitestone McCallum is my favorite person from Deaf History because she used her fame and popularity to bring the Deaf Community into the spotlight with her. Just because she won Miss America that didn’t change the fact that she still wanted to be able to help other Deaf people. She stayed humble and made sure she was helping the community. She showed that Deaf people are not any different because they cannot hear.
Because of Heather being in the limelight she helped bring out the positive sides of the Deaf Community. She has showed that you can function in society even if you cannot hear. She put herself out into the world not knowing what was going to happen. Because of her doing that now there are more Deaf people that are functioning in society without issues.
You could also look at how she changed women empowerment. Now when people see that she can win Miss America without being to hear other woman might follow in her footsteps. She shows that even if you aren’t a “perfect” person you can still achieve your dreams.
She created the S.T.A.R.S program to help give empowerment to people. Heather says that the biggest handicap is not a physical ailment but actually negative thinking. She believes that everyone has their own talents and that they should reach for their own stars.