Deaf Culture Articles

Historic Academy Awards for the Movie CODA and its Cast and Crew

Historic Academy Awards for the Movie CODA and its Cast and Crew

By Julie Paes and Brenda Cartwright
Monday, April 18, 2022

The movie CODA was nominated for three Academy Awards and won in each of those three categories! Read further to learn more about these historic wins for a movie featuring deaf actors.
Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Closed captioning took well over 30 years to appear after the onset of television programming. With laws now in place to mandate closed captioning for all new video programming, Deaf and hard of hearing consumers may finally make the most of watching television. However, captions benefit more than just the deaf — second language viewers, elderly with hearing issues, children learning to read, and really anyone watching a movie or show with audio that may be unclear at times (like characters speaking quickly or excitedly or with an accent) or when watching in a loud environment.
Do deaf people drive?

Do deaf people drive?

By Brenda Cartwright
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Have you ever wondered about deaf people driving automobiles? Read the article for the answer and a better understanding.
What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

By Marta Belsky and Brenda Cartwright
Friday, February 18, 2022

American Sign Language (ASL) is a full, natural language that has developed through use. Read the article to learn more about ASLs complex and interesting characteristics and its relationship to Deaf culture.
Living Loud:  I. King Jordan - First Deaf President of Gallaudet University

Living Loud: I. King Jordan - First Deaf President of Gallaudet University

By Brenda Cartwright
Monday, November 29, 2021

After a historical protest, I. King Jordan was named the 1st deaf president of the only liberal arts university for deaf students, Gallaudet University.
Living Loud: Linda Bove - Actress and Activist

Living Loud: Linda Bove - Actress and Activist

By Brenda Cartwright
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

As an actor on Sesame Street, Linda Bove had the longest-recurring role in television history for a deaf actor. Her influence helped many around the world take an interest in sign language and learn more about Deaf culture.
Living Loud: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy – Major League Baseball Player Credited with Originating the Use of Baseball Signals

Living Loud: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy – Major League Baseball Player Credited with Originating the Use of Baseball Signals

By Marta Belsky
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

William "Dummy" Hoy was one of the first deaf Major League Baseball players. He is credited with originating the use of baseball signals.
Living Loud: Andrew Foster – Pioneer Missionary, Educator, Mentor, and Advocate for the Deaf

Living Loud: Andrew Foster – Pioneer Missionary, Educator, Mentor, and Advocate for the Deaf

By Brenda Cartwright
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Andrew Foster was the first African-American to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Gallaudet University. He ultimately set up 32 schools for the deaf in Africa. Because of this, he is known as the “Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet” of Africa and the “Father of Deaf Education in Africa.”
Living Loud: Robert Panara – Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher

Living Loud: Robert Panara – Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher

By Marta Belsky
Monday, July 15, 2019

Robert Panera was a Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf person.
Living Loud: Clayton Valli – ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author

Living Loud: Clayton Valli – ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author

By Marta Belsky
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Clayton Valli was an ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf man.