by Mitch Saffle
(Burlingame, KS, USA)
Helen Keller has to be my favorite Deaf person. She accomplished so much for being Deaf… and blind! I’m learning sign right now and I think that it’s pretty hard. But I can’t even imagine the struggles she had to go through, I mean I’m hearing and I can see. But she pulled through and learned how to understand the world around her.
She’s my inspiration for learning sign. I feel that if she would have not gotten the fame that she has now, I honestly don’t think that I could make it through ALL these lessons.
I also read and heard that she went to college and graduated! Wow that’s pretty amazing don’t you think? I mean I’m only in 8th grade and I still find it hard understanding Pre-Algebra assignments. But that’s not the point, Helen Keller was a phenomenal person from Deaf history, I think anyway.
I do want to give credit to Laura Bridgmen. She, like Helen, accomplished a lot and she was the first deaf-blind person to learn sign. I would also like to think of all the famous Deaf out there and the people who started this great and beautiful language. L’Epee and Gallaudet and all the current, present stars that spread Deaf awareness.