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DEAF


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  • DEAF

Examples of Usage
English Sentence

My sister is Deaf and goes to Gallaudet University.

ASL Gloss

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MY DEAF SISTER GO-TO.

English Sentence

Kenny Walker is deaf and played football in the NFL for the Denver Broncos.

ASL Gloss

K-E-N-N-Y W-A-L-K-E-R HE DEAF HE PLAY FOOTBALL N-F-L WHICH TEAM? D-E-N-V-E-R B-R-O-N-C-O-S.

English Sentence

Jeff Float is a deaf American swimmer who won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

ASL Gloss

J-E-F-F F-L-O-A-T HIMSELF AMERICAN DEAF SWIMMER 1-9-8-4 OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL HE WON.

English Sentence

I enjoy having a conversation with my deaf friends.

ASL Gloss

MY DEAF FRIENDS I ENJOY CONVERSATION.

English Sentence

Lowell Myers was a deaf man who grew up in Chicago. He wrote the book, "The Law and the Deaf.”

ASL Gloss

L-O-W-E-L-L M-Y-E-R-S HIMSELF DEAF GROW UP WHERE? CHICAGO WROTE BOOK QUOTE "T-H-E L-A-W AND T-H-E DEAF."

English Sentence

In 1947, Rhulin Thomas became the first deaf pilot to fly from coast-to-coast in the U.S. alone.

ASL Gloss

YEAR 1947 R-H-U-L-I-N T-H-O-M-A-S HE FIRST DEAF PILOT ALONE UNITED STATES C-O-A-S-T FLY-ACROSS C-O-A-S-T.

English Sentence

Cal Rodgers was a deaf pilot. He made the first transcontinental airplane flight after crashing several times along the way.

ASL Gloss

C-A-L R-O-D-G-E-R-S HE DEAF PILOT HIS GOAL U-S FLY-ACROSS (FLIGHT) WRONG FLY-ACROSS CRASH LUCKY ALIVE FIX FIX FIX FLY-ACROSS CRASH STILL ALIVE FIX FIX FIX FLY-ACROSS MANY STOP STOP STOP FINALLY ARRIVE YAY.

English Sentence

Mandy Harvey became deaf at the age of 18. Interestingly enough, she was a singer on the television show "America's Got Talent."

ASL Gloss

M-A-N-D-Y H-A-R-V-E-Y HERSELF BECOME DEAF AGE 18. INTERESTING WHAT? SHE SINGER #TV PROGRAM QUOTE "AMERICA'S G-O-T T-A-L-E-N-T

English Sentence

Rush Limbaugh is a radio host. He is deaf, but uses cochlear implants to hear.

ASL Gloss

R-U-S-H L-I-M-B-A-U-G-H HIMSELF RADIO HOST. HE DEAF BUT HAVE COCHLEAR IMPLANT.

English Sentence

Sean Forbes is a deaf hip-hop artist who makes music accessible to the deaf community.

ASL Gloss

S-E-A-N F-O-R-B-E-S HIMSELF DEAF H-I-P H-O-P MUSICIAN HE MAKES MUSIC ACCESSIBLE FOR DEAF COMMUNITY.

English Sentence

Andrew Foster was a famous Deaf African American who was a reverend, educator, and missionary. He established the first school for the deaf in Africa.

ASL Gloss

A-N-D-R-E-W F-O-S-T-E-R HIMSELF FAMOUS DEAF BLACK MINISTER TEACHER MISSIONARY. HE SETUP FIRST DEAF SCHOOL WHERE? AFRICA.

English Sentence

Ernest Hairston was one of the six founding members of the Black Deaf Advocates (BDA).

ASL Gloss

E-R-N-E-S-T H-A-I-R-S-T-O-N HIMSELF DEAF ONE OF SIX FOUNDING MEMBERS B-D-A BLACK DEAF ADVOCATES.

English Sentence

Betty G. Miller was the first deaf woman to graduate from Gallaudet University with a doctoral degree in art. She was a famous artist who focused on the deaf perspective.

ASL Gloss

B-E-T-T-Y G M-I-L-L-E-R SHE FIRST DEAF WOMAN GRADUATE GALLAUDET RECEIVE P-H-D (doctoral) DEGREE WHAT? ART. SHE FAMOUS ARTIST WHY? SHE FOCUS DEAF VIEW.

English Sentence

Phyllis Frelich was a deaf actress and famous for winning the 1980 Best Actress Tony Award for the play "Children of a Lesser God."

ASL Gloss

P-H-Y-L-L-I-S F-R-E-L-I-C-H HERSELF DEAF ACTRESS FAMOUS WHY? WIN T-O-N-Y AWARD FOR PLAY QUOTE “CHILDREN O-F A L-E-S-S-E-R GOD.”

English Sentence

Heather Whitestone was the first deaf person to be crowned as Miss America in 1995.

ASL Gloss

YEAR 1995 H-E-A-T-H-E-R W-H-I-T-E-S-T-O-N-E SHE FIRST DEAF PERSON CROWN M-I-S-S AMERICA.

English Sentence

Granville Redmond was a deaf artist. He was friends with Charlie Chaplin and gave him tips from ASL to use when acting in silent films.

ASL Gloss

G-R-A-N-V-I-L-L-E R-E-D-M-O-N-D HIMSELF DEAF ARTIST. HE FRIEND WHO? C-H-A-R-L-I-E C-H-A-P-L-I-N HE TEACH ASL FOR-FOR? USE DURING SILENT MOVIES.

English Sentence

Is your teacher deaf or hearing?

ASL Gloss

YOUR TEACHER DEAF HEARING WHICH?

English Sentence

Alexander Graham Bell was a famous inventor who was involved in deaf education, but ironically he did not support the use of American Sign Language.

ASL Gloss

A-G-B HIMSELF FAMOUS INVENTOR INVOLVED DEAF EDUCATION BUT IRONICALLY HE NOT SUPPORT A-S-L.

English Sentence

Ashley Fiolek is a Deaf Motocross Racer. She started motorcycling when she was three years old. She won four Woman Motocross Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012. She is now retired.

ASL Gloss

A-S-H-L-E-Y F-I-O-L-E-K SHE DEAF M-O-T-O-C-R-O-S-S MOTORCYCLE RACER. SHE OLD THREE STARTED MOTORCYCLING. GROW-UP WON FOUR WOMEN M-O-T-O-C-R-O-S-S CHAMPIONSHIPS ONE-OF-FOUR 2008, TWO-OF-FOUR 2009, THREE-OF-FOUR 2011, FOUR-OF-FOUR 2012. NOW RETIRED.

English Sentence

Terence Parkin is a deaf swimmer from South Africa. He won the silver medal in the Olympics in 2000.

ASL Gloss

T-E-R-E-N-C-E P-A-R-K-I-N HIMSELF FAMOUS DEAF SWIMMER FROM SOUTH AFRICA. 2000 OLYMPICS SILVER MEDAL HE WON.

English Sentence

Did you see the movie about the life of Kitty O’Neil, a deaf stuntwoman and racer?

ASL Gloss

YOU FINISH SEE MOVIE ABOUT DEAF WOMAN HERSELF FAMOUS S-T-U-N-T WOMAN AND CAR RACER. HER NAME K-I-T-T-Y O-N-E-I-L

English Sentence

Linda Bove is a deaf actress. She played the role of Linda the librarian on Sesame Street for 31 years.

ASL Gloss

L-I-N-D-A B-O-V-E HERSELF DEAF ACTRESS. SHE ACT #TV PROGRAM S-E-S-A-M-E S-T-R-E-E-T ROLE WHAT? L-I-N-D-A T-H-E LIBRARIAN CONTINUE 31 YEARS.

English Sentence

As a young girl, Alice Cogswell, inspired her neighbor, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, to devote his life to educating the deaf and to create the American School for the Deaf. She and six other deaf children were the first students to attend the American School for the Deaf in 1817.

ASL Gloss

LITTLE DEAF GIRL NAME A-L-I-C-E C-O-G-S-W-E-L-L MET NEIGHBOR HIS NAME T-H-O-M-A-S H. G-A-L-L-A-U-D-E-T. HE FASCINATED HER. YEAR 1871 HE ESTABLISHED AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR DEAF. SHE AND SIX OTHER STUDENTS FIRST ENTER A-S-D

English Sentence

The man who invented the TTY was Robert Weitbrecht, he was deaf.

ASL Gloss

MAN WHO INVENTED #TTY HIMSELF DEAF NAME R-O-B-E-R-T W-E-I-T-B-R-E-C-H-T

English Sentence

Deaf people use a teletypewriter to communicate over the phone.

ASL Gloss

DEAF PEOPLE COMMUNICATE THROUGH PHONE HOW? USE TELETYPEWRITER (#TTY).

English Sentence

I. King Jordan was the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University.

ASL Gloss

I K-I-N-G J-O-R-D-A-N HIMSELF FIRST DEAF PRESIDENT GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY.

English Sentence

Robert Davila served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University from 2007 to 2009. Prior to becoming the president of Gallaudet University, he was the first Deaf CEO of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

ASL Gloss

R-O-B-E-R-T D-A-V-I-L-A HE NINTH PRESIDENT GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY YEAR 2007 RANGE 2009 BEFORE THAT HE FIRST DEAF C-E-O ADMINISTRATOR N-T-I-D

English Sentence

Sean Berdy is a deaf actor well known for acting on the TV series Switched at Birth.

ASL Gloss

S-E-A-N B-E-R-D-Y HIMSELF DEAF ACTOR FAMOUS WHY? HE INVOLVED #TV PROGRAM QUOTE SWITCHED A-T BIRTH.

English Sentence

Douglas Tilden is a famous deaf sculptor and has many statues that he created in California.

ASL Gloss

D-O-U-G-L-A-S T-I-L-D-E-N HIMSELF FAMOUS DEAF SCULPTOR CALIFORNIA HAS MANY HIS STATUES ALL OVER (classifier).

English Sentence

William “Dummy” Hoy was a Deaf Major League Baseball player and some say he helped establish the baseball signals for safe and out calls.

ASL Gloss

W-I-L-L-I-A-M QUOTE D-U-M-M-Y H-O-Y HIMSELF FAMOUS DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER HE HELP SETUP BASEBALL S-I-G-N-A-L-S SAFE OUT.

English Sentence

CJ Jones is a famous Deaf actor and comedian. He says “Anything is possible. Success has nothing to do with being deaf or black or any disability. It has to do with your passion to do greater things in life!”

ASL Gloss

C-J J-O-N-E-S HIMSELF FAMOUS DEAF ACTOR AND COMEDIAN. HE SAYS QUOTE ANYTHING POSSIBLE! NOTHING RELATED-TO DEAF BLACK DISABLED. ABOUT HAVING PASSION DO WONDERFUL THINGS LIFE.

English Sentence

Curtis Pride is deaf and was a baseball player. He played for many teams, such as the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and New York Yankees. He is currently the coach for the Gallaudet University baseball team.

ASL Gloss

C-U-R-T-I-S P-R-I-D-E HIMSELF DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER. HE USED-TO PLAY DIFFERENT DIFFERENT DIFFERENT TEAMS ONE-OF-THREE DETROIT T-I-G-E-R-S TWO-OF-THREE ATLANTA B-R-A-V-E-S THREE-OF-THREE NEW YORK Y-A-N-K-E-E-S NOW HE COACH GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY BASEBALL TEAM.

English Sentence

Christy Smith was the first deaf contestant to appear on the reality TV show Survivor.

ASL Gloss

C-H-R-I-S-T-Y S-M-I-T-H HERSELF FIRST DEAF PERSON INVOLVE #TV PROGRAM TITLE S-U-R-V-I-V-O-R

English Sentence

Howie Seago is an deaf actor and director. He is famous for many roles including acting on Star Trek.

ASL Gloss

H-O-W-I-E S-E-A-G-O HIMSELF DEAF ACTOR DIRECTOR. HE FAMOUS MANY ROLES INCLUDING #TV PROGRAM S-T-A-R T-R-E-K

English Sentence

Shelley Beattie was a deaf professional weightlifter who became famous after being on the TV show American Gladiators.

ASL Gloss

S-H-E-L-L-E-Y B-E-A-T-T-I-E HERSELF DEAF P-R-O WEIGHTLIFTER. SHE BECAME FAMOUS WHY? SHE INVOLVED #TV PROGRAM AMERICAN G-L-A-D-I-A-T-O-R-S

English Sentence

Three of the most famous deaf pilots are Cal Rodgers, Nellie Zabel Willhite, and Rhulin Thomas.

ASL Gloss

MOST FAMOUS DEAF PILOTS WHO? ONE-OF-THREE C-A-L R-O-D-G-E-R-S TWO-OF-THREE N-E-L-L-I-E Z-A-B-E-L W-I-L-L-H-I-T-E THREE-OF-THREE R-H-U-L-I-N T-H-O-M-A-S.

English Sentence

Deaf Awareness Week is in September.

ASL Gloss

DEAF AWARENESS WEEK WHEN? S-E-P-T.

English Sentence

My teacher is deaf.

ASL Gloss

MY TEACHER DEAF.

English Sentence

Morris Broderson is a deaf painter. His artwork has been displayed many places, such as at Gallaudet University, NTID, and the Guggenheim and Whitney Museums.

ASL Gloss

M-O-R-R-I-S B-R-O-D-E-R-S-O-N HIMSELF DEAF PAINTER. HIS ART DISPLAYED MANY PLACES SAME-AS ONE-OF-FOUR GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY, TWO-OF-FOUR N-T-I-D THREE-OF-FOUR G-U-G-G-E-N-H-E-I-M FOUR-OF-FOUR W-H-I-T-N-E-Y MUSEUMS.

English Sentence

Juliette Gordon Low was sick often while growing up and lost her hearing in her right ear. On her wedding day, rice went into her left ear and when the doctor tried to take it out, he punctured her eardrum. Then she was deaf in both ears. She founded the Girl Scouts when she was 51 years old because she wanted girls to have the same opportunities as boys.

ASL Gloss

J-U-L-I-E-T-T-E G-O-R-D-O-N L-O-W SHE GREW-UP SICKLY RIGHT EAR DETERIORATE. LATER HER WEDDING R-I-C-E WENT-IN LEFT EAR DOCTOR TRY EXTRACT OOPS PUNCTURE EAR NOW DEAF BOTH EARS. FUTURE AGE 51 SHE FOUNDED GIRL SCOUTS WHY? WANT GIRLS SAME BOYS.

English Sentence

Martin Belsky was a deaf man from Michigan who was a leader of deaf sports at the local and national level.

ASL Gloss

M-A-R-T-I-N B-E-L-S-K-Y HIMSELF DEAF FROM MICHIGAN MANY YEARS INVOLVED LEADER DEAF S-P-O-R-T-S LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEVEL.

English Sentence

Sir John Cornforth was a deaf chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975.

ASL Gloss

S-I-R J-O-H-N C-O-R-N-F-O-R-T-H HIMSELF DEAF CHEMIST YEAR 1975 HE WON N-O-B-E-L P-R-I-Z-E SPECIALIZED CHEMISTRY.

English Sentence

Roy Holcomb was a deaf teacher who coined the term total communication.

ASL Gloss

R-O-Y H-O-L-C-O-M-B HE DEAF TEACHER INVENTED TERM T-O-T-A-L C-O-M-M-U-N-I-C-A-T-I-O-N TOTAL COMMUNICATION.

English Sentence

I am taking the class so I can communicate with my deaf friends.

ASL Gloss

CLASS I TAKE-UP WHY? I WANT COMMUNICATE WITH DEAF FRIENDS.

English Sentence

Dr. Charles Nicolle was born hearing but became deaf by the age of 20. He was the first deaf person to receive a Nobel Prize. It was for discovering Typhus is spread by lice.

ASL Gloss

D-R C-H-A-R-L-E-S N-I-C-O-L-L-E HE BORN HEARING EAR DETERIORATE AGE 20 FULL DEAF. HE FIRST DEAF GET N-O-B-E-L P-R-I-Z-E FOR DISCOVERING T-Y-P-H-U-S OUTBREAK START HOW? FROM L-I-C-E

English Sentence

Regina Hughes was the first deaf artist to have a solo show at the Smithsonian.

ASL Gloss

R-E-G-I-N-A H-U-G-H-E-S HERSELF FIRST DEAF ARTIST HAVE SOLO S-H-O-W WHERE? S-M-I-T-H-S-O-N-I-A-N

English Sentence

Sometimes people think the deaf use braille, but that is not true, only blind people use braille.

ASL Gloss

SOMETIMES PEOPLE THINK DEAF PEOPLE USE BRAILLE. NO! ONLY BLIND PEOPLE USE BRAILLE.

English Sentence

Ella Mae Lentz is a Deaf American teacher, poet, advocate, and author.

ASL Gloss

E-L-L-A M-A-E L-E-N-T-Z HERSELF DEAF AMERICAN TEACHER POET ADVOCATE AUTHOR.

English Sentence

Alice Hagemeyer was a deaf librarian and active leader that established Deaf Awareness Week and Deaf History Month.

ASL Gloss

A-L-I-C-E H-A-G-E-M-E-Y-E-R HERSELF DEAF LIBRARIAN. SHE ACTIVE LEADER SHE ESTABLISHED DEAF AWARENESS WEEK AND DEAF HISTORY MONTH.

English Sentence

Chuck Baird was an artist and founder of the De'VIA art movement, which conveys a Deaf world viewpoint through art.

ASL Gloss

C-H-U-C-K B-A-I-R-D HIMSELF DEAF ARTIST HE FOUNDED D-E V-I-A MEANS WHAT? SHOW-ALL (conveys) DEAF WORLD VIEWPOINT THROUGH ART.

English Sentence

Malcolm Norwood was a deaf man from Connecticut who was known as the Father of Closed Captioning.

ASL Gloss

M-A-L-C-O-L-M N-O-R-W-O-O-D HIMSELF DEAF FROM C-O-N-N PEOPLE CALLED QUOTE FATHER OF #CC.

English Sentence

Thomas H. Gallaudet was a minister, educator, and co-founded the first school for the deaf called the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. Gallaudet University was named in honor of him in 1894.

ASL Gloss

T-H-O-M-A-S H. G-A-L-L-A-U-D-E-T HIMSELF MINISTER TEACHER HE CO- FOUNDED FIRST RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL U-S CALLED AMERICAN SCHOOL DEAF A-S-D WHERE? HARTFORD C-O-N-N. YEAR 1894 GALLAUDET COLLEGE NAMED AFTER HIM.

English Sentence

Derrick Coleman was the first deaf football player to participate in the Super Bowl in 2014.

ASL Gloss

YEAR 2014 D-E-R-R-I-C-K C-O-L-E-M-A-N HE FIRST DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER INVOLVED SUPER BOWL.

English Sentence

My parents are members of the Indianapolis Deaf Club.

ASL Gloss

INDIANAPOLIS DEAF #CLUB MY PARENTS MEMBERS.

English Sentence

Matt Hamill is a Deaf wrestler. He won three NCAA National Championships, a silver and gold medal in the Deaflympics, and there is a movie about his life called “The Hammer.”

ASL Gloss

M-A-T-T H-A-M-I-L-L HIMSELF DEAF WRESTLER. HE LIST ACCOMPLISHMENTS ONE-OF-THREE THREE N-C-A-A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, TWO-OF-THREE HE WON 1 SILVER MEDAL 1 GOLD MEDAL DEAFLYMPICS, THREE-OF-THREE HAVE MOVIE ABOUT HIS LIFE QUOTE “T-H-E H-A-M-M-E-R


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