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WASHINGTONFeb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America — Tuesday, February 16th. The nation's first college for deaf students traces its beginning to this date in 1857, when Congress incorporated the Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. In 1864, the school was federally chartered to confer degrees, the first three of which were awarded in 1869. Those diplomas were signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, and all subsequent diplomas awarded by the school bear the U.S. President's signature. In 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honor of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a pioneer is educating deaf students. An estimated 9 million Americans are functionally deaf or hard of hearing. About 1,700 of them are seeking a degree from Gallaudet and are among the nation's nearly 19.2 million students enrolled in universities. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3033
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Disability estimate accessed 12/10/2015: University enrollment/t. 1 All Races:

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

"19th Century Deaf Interpreters in the UK and US Courts"

Anne Leahy

The interdisciplinary lecture series will showcase the latest research on the histories of Deaf peoples and communities around the world.

April 13, 2016

University of the District of Columbia

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Deadline for special accommodations: April 7th

Sponsored by:
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of ASL and Deaf Studies
Center for Deaf Documentary Studies
Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology
Any questions, contact:
For special accommodations, please contact

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Mike Mantin

The island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has a legendary place in Deaf history. Known by most as an affluent resort where the kinds of people who use ‘Summer’ as a verb go to Summer, it is also hugely important as an island which from the 17th century to the 1950s had an unusually high number of Deaf residents.

In places like Chilmark, up to one in twenty-five people were Deaf, and the small town of Squibnocket had one in four, all of whom were well known and respected members of the community. As such, both Deaf and hearing residents incorporated the specific Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language into their daily lives. This effectively eradicated many of the social and linguistic boundaries which Deaf people continue to experience in society today.

Read more. . . view pictures . . . Martha’s Vineyard



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Lydia L. Callis

Did you know the founder of Girl Scouts of America was deaf? Or how about the first woman to swim across the English Channel? Many brave and dedicated deaf women have made invaluable contributions to modern society, despite the odds against them. This powerful minority group has fought against a culture that seeks to silence them-- constantly challenging people's assumptions of who deaf women are, and what they are supposed to be.

History is full of deaf women who changed the world forever, yet the names of these women and their accomplishments often get buried or left out of text books. This is why in 2014 Deaf Women United (DWU) declared March as Deaf Women History Month, to celebrate on the incredible deaf women who make this world a better place.

Read More  . . . Deaf Women History Month





Order Your VSDB History Book

Only 250 copies will be printed and books will be sold for $60 each. There will be 219 pages in the first section (Bass’ Book) and 249 pages in the second part (for a total of 468 pages) with 313 photographs liberally interspersed throughout the book, 144 in the first part and 169 in the second part. Most of the book will be printed in color with some black/white photos on 8.5” x 11” pages, with hard covers (see the photo at the right).

There is a $7.00 additional charge for shipping.

Please contact Race Drake, or VP: 540-416-0017 if you have any questions about this book.

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Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action - NEWS

Happy 152nd Birthday, George William Veditz

 By Alice L. Hagemeyer

To celebrate his birthday today and the 100th anniversary of THE PRESERVATION OF THE SIGN LANGUAGE this year, please visit your local public library this week.  Yes, there is one in your community.  If not known, please check online or ask your local OSD (organization serving the deaf)  for help.

...continue reading "George William Veditz @ your public library"