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<p>Famous deaf people are everywhere and they achieve great feats, dominating in all aspects of life, becoming leaders in such fields as education, entertainment, mass media, national organizations, sports, and science. When you learn the names of all the famous deaf people, you are very often surprised to know that they have a disability as their accomplishments outshine any hearing impairments they have. Do you recognize the names of Howard Hughes (Billionaire Entrepreneur), Helen Keller (Language Enthusiast), Ludwig van Beethoven (Classical Music Composer), Rush Limbaugh (Media Star), Dummy Hoy (Baseball Player), and Thomas Edison (American Scientist)? They are all incredibly famous and extremely accomplished, and overcoming their disability is the least of their triumphs.</p> <strong>Triumphant People</strong> <p>Famous deaf people have been a wonderful influence on the world and great role models for everyone in the deaf community, encouraging people to aim for higher achievements, overcoming obstacles, and realizing their dreams. In the art world, people like Douglas Tilden, a talented deaf sculptor, Deanne Bray, a television star, respected actresses like Linda Bove from Sesame Street, Phyllis Frelich (Tony Award winner) and Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God movie), and writers such as Stevie Platt who is a contemporary novelist have given the whole world great insight into important issues related to deafness. Their determined attitude to succeed in life, along with a fresh approach to their impressive body of work, creates a sense of pride in their fans. Famous deaf people are not famous due to their hearing impairment; rather these amazing people would be famous no matter the state of their physical condition. People like Laura C. Redden Searing, the first deaf journalist, Julius Wiggins, founder of Silent News, and Rush Limbaugh, media leader who experienced sudden deafness, have had a great impact in mass media and how it is used.</p> <strong>Science and Technology</strong> <p>Famous deaf people have also positively impacted the course of science and technology. Thomas Edison, the historic inventor, had a hearing loss, and Vinton Cerf, the “father of the Internet” happens to be hard of hearing. Other leaders of organizations and historical figures include Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America, Kelby Brick, Alexander Graham Bell who was an active member of the deaf community, and Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, a hearing American who founded the first school of the deaf. Going further back in history, you find Oliver Heaviside who was a successful 19th century self-taught electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist, and Pierre Desloges, an 18th century political writer around the time of the French Revolution.</p> <p>Famous deaf people are a great inspiration to people in the deaf community as well as the hearing community. They have endless achievements that have greatly benefited people around the world.</p>
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