by April Cook
(Salt Lake City, UT. United States)
My favorite people from deaf history are Marlee Matlin and Linda Bove. Marlee Matlin has shown us that being deaf is not a disability. She has accomplished many things in her life and still continues to inspire me. She has the courage to defeat all of the demons in her life and continues to reach for the stars.
Linda Bove has inspired me since I was little. Watching her on Sesame Street was always a joy. Both of these women have shown me that you can accomplish anything if you want it bad enough.
I am not deaf or hard of hearing. I have always wanted to learn ASL and I am enrolled in a college that does not teach it. I have just finished a paper for one of my classes stating that, sign language is just as important to learn as any other language. I am appalled that the deaf were treated so badly in the past. I feel that they have accommodated the hearing world for years; it is only fair that we give back by learning
I love the quote,
“The handicap of deafness is not in the ear; it is in the mind.”