The NAD Board shares their favorite deaf history moment. And what are your favorite deaf history moments?!
[VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: Opening graphic has text “DEAF” then different people fingerspelling “H-I-S-T-O-R-Y”. Then back to text, “MONTH”. Title asks “what is your favorite deaf history moment?” Video transitions to montage of different Board members sharing comments. The NAD logo appears on bottom right as a watermark.
MILMAGLYN | Region I: What’s my favorite deaf history moment? It was when I learned how the first school for the deaf was established, they told me about Alice Cogswell and how her first sign was “H-A-T.” That, to me, was when American Sign Language (ASL) was “born” here in America.
JENNY | Secretary: That moment in history started the spread of ASL, our language.
JUSTIN | Affiliate: Way back when President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) signed the law which created the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college for deaf people — if that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
LAURA | Region IV: I’d like to share about a deaf asian woman, Dorothy “Dot” Sueoka Casterline. I’m just in awe of her dedication to the field of linguistics, its foundation, and her research on our language, ASL — her work helped broaden more opportunities for more research on ASL. Her tasks involved writing many letters, she was an expert on catching language, and translating signs into symbols for her research. She also published a book, “A Dictionary of American Sign Language on Linguistic Principles” with two other researchers: Carl Croneburg and William Stokoe.
TYESE | Affiliate: For me, it was Deaf President Now, the DPN movement in 1988.
JAMES “DINO” | Region IV: They selected a hearing President who didn’t know sign and the deaf community got mad. We shook the world.
TYESE: I was eight years old and was a student at Kendall Elementary at the time. You bet I got involved and I can’t believe I actually witnessed how the entire deaf community came together to protest that in Capitol Hill. We protested to get a Deaf President.
DINO: What was happening in DC eventually made it’s way to the west coast, I lived in California at the time. I was a Senior at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. We got the teacher’s permission to head out on the streets to protest with signs and all. I remember watching the news and seeing different interviews from deaf people all over. Eventually the hearing President resigned and a Deaf President was in office. Pah!
LISA | Region III: I was a Senior at Gallaudet University and it was such a historical milestone when that happened. It opened the doors for many opportunities for you and me, all of us!
LINSAY Jr. | Region II: Anytime in history when a deaf person succeeds with no hearing people taking up space is just proof that we can.]