In my inept attempt to answer this question, I find myself so ignorant of Deaf history and culture and am amazed how little is taught in our schools. That being said, I am thrilled at the opportunity to now learn all I can on the subject and during this time, I am confident I will be able to answer your question with the experience and knowledge it so deserves.
However, I would like to give a visceral shot at an answer based on your writings. I think this is appropriate because I think sign language (like our early ancestors) originated from a visceral, instinctive desire to communicate with each other. And I think deaf children are the real heroes and my favorite people in Deaf History. I’m sure as I learn more about deaf history I will be able to choose my favorite person….but as you mentioned a few times… “deaf children from all over the world” attended the schools and were the ones that brought their own sign language to the forefront. So at this point, my gut says my favorite are all the deaf children of the world that never gave up on themselves in their quest to be heard!
I would like to thank you for your website which allows me to try something new and exciting…for free! I’m only on chapter 2, but your enthusiasm keeps me going! After completing all your units, I hope to go on to get certified and maybe teach or become a translator. One of my good friends is a translator, which is a great resource.
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