How many deaf celebrities can you name?
March 13 marks the start of Deaf History Month, which runs through April 15. The celebration commemorates several milestones in the history of services for the deaf, including the opening of the American School for the Deaf — the first public school for the deaf — on April 15, 1817, and the founding of Gallaudet University on April 8, 1864.
The Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library offers a number of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These include some meeting rooms equipped with built-in assistive listening systems; portable assistive listening devices; a portable TTY, as well as sign interpretation at library events. To learn more, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As to famous people with hearing disabilities: the first name that usually springs to mind is Helen Keller, born deaf and blind, who graduated from Radcliffe College in 1904 and wrote a number of books; or perhaps Marlee Matlin, the deaf actress who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1986 film, “Children of a Lesser God.”
But can you name the deaf actor in a 1978 TV series or the deaf Denver Broncos football player?