This is a difficult choice, who is MY favorite. They are all amazing people, who have done so much to help the deaf and learn about the deaf, and create sign language, and make sign language what it is today. Not to mention, help us hearing ones, learn of the deaf and understand them, and their challenges.
But since I can only pick one, I would have to go with the amazing Helen Keller. Ever since I was very young, I was told about her. She is a true inspiration to us all, no matter hearing, or whatever challenge we face.
She, along with Heather Whitestone, and William “dummy” Hoy, has proved that no matter who you are, “almost” anything is possible–with much hard work!
Showing that a deaf and blind girl can communicate, even through the challenges–and I can only imagine how many people said it wouldn’t happen… to prove them wrong, and show it can be done–is amazing! And it makes me really anticipate what ideas people will come up with to improve communications for the deaf in the future!
And on one last encouraging note… I would just like to mention, in Isaiah 35:5 it says “At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and THE VERY EARS OF THE DEAF ONES WILL BE UNSTOPPED.” I personally will love to see Helen be resurrected, and standing there…amazed, being able to open her eyes and see! And realizing, in amazement and shock…she can also hear!