Facts

Did you know there are 28 million Deaf and hard-of-hearing people in America?

  • Deaf people have safer driving records than hearing people nationally.
  • The man who invented shorthand, John Gregg, was deaf.
  • Carl Anderson, a deaf cartoonist, is the creator of “ Henry”.
  • A deaf center-fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, William Hoy, invented the hand signals for strikes and balls in baseball.
  • Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was originally an instructor for deaf children and invented the telephone to help his deaf wife and mother to hear.
  • Scuba divers often use sign language under water.
  • Deaf people can sign/talk at great distances without the use of amplification through the use of sign language.
  • Vinton Cerf, the “father of the Internet” happens to be hard-of-hearing.
  • Thomas Edison, a historic inventor, had a hearing loss.
  • Some positions held by present-day deaf persons are: lawyers, dentists, doctors, chemists, inventors, artists, sculptors, writers, architects, clergy, stockbroker, actors, teachers, etc.
  • When Beethoven created his ninth symphony, he was profoundly deaf.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is a 3-D visual language, not a written language.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) is a popular “foreign” language offered in high schools and colleges/universities all over America.
  • The huddle formation used by football teams originated at Gallaudet University, a liberal arts college for deaf people in Washington, D.C., to prevent other schools from reading their sign language.
  • Phyllis Frelich won the Tony Award for Best Actress of 1980 in the Broadway play “Children of a Lesser God”. Ms. Frelich is profoundly deaf.