(La Verkin, UT, USA)
Is it possible to have more than one favorite in deaf history? I am in awe of the people throughout history (and even today) who gave their all to make a difference in someone else’s life. There are those who became interested in helping their own children and ended up helping others. I admire those who started schools. How wonderful it must have been for deaf children to come to a place where they felt like they belonged!
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Helen Keller. I can’t comprehend living in a world where I could neither hear nor see. She was the first deaf-blind person to graduate from college- and to graduate with honors! Anne Sullivan is a true hero to me. She was also one who dedicated her life to make another person’s life better.
I am looking forward to reading and learning more about Laura Bridgman. I hadn’t heard of her.
One of my favorite people today is Rachel Coleman. After discovering that her daughter was deaf, she and her sister made videos to help their family and friends communicate with Leah. These videos were the beginning of Signing Time. Signing Time is a great way to learn sign language- starting with very young children.
So you see why I cant choose just one.