Sue Thomas

October 1, 2010
Category: Deaf Culture

by Anonymous

Born in 1950, Miss Thomas had a sudden and total loss of hearing at the age of 18 months. Her parents were told she would never amount to anything and that she should be institutionalized.

Her parents devoted themselves to helping their precious daughter prepare for a productive life. With little support from professionals and no knowledge of deaf culture, Sue was placed in the public school and tutored by experts in developing her voice and lip-reading skills.

At the age of 7 she became the youngest Ohio State free-style skating champion in skating history.

She graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs.

Her expert ability to read lips eventually led to her being hired by the F.B.I. working with an elite undercover surveillance team.

Miss Thomas is also the founder of “The Levi Foundation” (in memory of her first service dog). This program trains dogs to service people with multiple disabilities. A need Miss Thomas discovered when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.

She also actively fulfills public speaking engagements as an inspirational speaker.

An amazing woman!

Comments for Sue Thomas

Oct 01, 2013

cool !!!

by: Anonymous

Amazing !!! i show AKC dachshunds since 2012. i diagnosed MS in 2010. i was from Massachusetts where i born.

Apr 06, 2013

What a wonderful life.

by: changarose46ers

What an amazing person.
It said in this article that her parents were told she should be institutionalized, as she would amount to nothing. If this (her deafness) had been found 24 month before, her parents would have been told that they should abort her. However, her parents were determined that she would live a normal life, and so they loved her, cared for her, and went the extra mile many times. Her life is a testimony to the sanctity of human life.

Oct 19, 2011


by: Anonymous

This is a really awesome site. Thanks! I wish there was a picture of her here. That would be the only thing I would add. I am learning ASL right now. It is an amazing language! Thank you for all you do.

Oct 04, 2011

Oral vs ASL user

by: Anonymous

Thank you “Anonymous” for adding additional facts about Sue Thomas. I just wonder if she knows or uses ASL? I am aware of her great lip reading skills so the “Oral” preference is obvious.

I would rate this info a 4 star for information but lower for reason why this “Anon.” chose as a favorite… As I tell my students, when you do a comment like this, tell me what makes your choice so special to YOU.

Let us see the heart and soul of this famous person. The “facts” can be retrieved from Wikipedia. (We also should note our resources when submitting information unless it is from our own personal knowledge.)

This is not a “put down” of the one sharing here…just a gentle reminder from one who takes these submitted entries seriously to share with others.

Regretfully, I could not get the channel that carried her series, “Sue Thomas, FB Eye” but now with the Internet, “Hulu” and Netflix, IVideos of Sue Thomas, FBeye might be able to rewind. Doing a search for her show, I found this sight: “Videos of Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye” and see there are several clips on YOU TUBE as well.

A dear friend of mine had the honor of interpreting for her presentation to a woman’s retreat group on Mackinaw Island, MI not long ago. She told me that Sue Thomas was enchanting and inspiring.

Dec 04, 2009


by: Michelle Jay – Webmaster

Wow! I can’t believe I didn’t have her on my list! I have Deanne Bray on the list, who played the Sue Thomas character on Sue Thomas F.B.Eye., but I don’t have Sue Thomas! Thank you so much for adding her! She truly was an amazing woman.


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