Deaf Advocate

by Lois Diamond

(Sacramento, CA)

My favorite was Frederick Schreiber, former President of the NAD. He was a simple man with a simple ego and his humble leadership resulted in many Deaf organizations being established as well as Deaf taking on leadership from his example.

Today we have many leaders with big egos in search for attention and fame. We need more people like Fred who got the job done and just moved on to the next one! Praise and recognition meant nothing to him. Getting better services, helping hearing understand and accept Deafness and getting the Deaf to become active leaders themselves were his biggest accomplishments.

I also admire Marlee Matlin who opened so much theatrical access and captioning in TV and movies for the deaf. Marlee Matlin not only broke the barriers for the Deaf into TV, she also advocated for more captioning on TV before the FCC passed the law that required captioning. Then this woman surprised the world when she went on the TV program “Dancing with the Stars”. People who hear would say, “Is she really Deaf? Deaf people cannot do that!” She broke barriers to prove that the Deaf can do anything except hear, once given the opportunity! Unfortunately, many of us hardly ever get the opportunity to be seen as equals.

When Marlee appeared on TV interviews, her appearance and reply was very smooth and professional. Fortunately she had a very skilled ASL interpreter who could skillfully make her comfortable, confident and professional.

Comments for Deaf Advocate

Jun 19, 2011

looking for a deaf advocate for someone

by: kay

I am not deaf. There is a lovely 19 year old girl who I have happened upon and who I am letting live on my patio.
She receives an SSI check that her father keeps. He has hit her sometimes.
She is not cared for, does not speak well at all, and is completely deaf. She is intelligent, but has been kept in the dark about what she could do in life.
She wants to live with deaf people and be able to learn more. She has some high school.
I know nothing about deaf community or issues. Is there anyone interested in contacting me and telling me where I can get help for this lovely girl?
thankyou, Mrs. Shepard
805 6462674

Apr 07, 2010

Great choice!

by: Michelle Jay – Webmaster

Wow! What a great choice–a former president of the NAD. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

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