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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Can primates learn signs and acquire language?

In August 1969, Allen and Beatrice Gardner of the University of Nevada published an article in the journal Science claiming to have communicated with a chimpanzee called Washoe. She had been brought up since 1966 in the Gardner's trailer and could use 100 signs. She was intelligent enough to sign "water bird" when she saw a swan. By the time of her death in 2007, she used 250 signs.
Abbé de l'Eppé teaching Deaf children in front of Louis XVI

Manualism vs Oralism debate

Because humans use our eyes more than any other sense and because of our instinctive fear of the dark, most people think deafness must...
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Preserving Deaf Art

The Deaf Museum & Archive’s collection includes works by deaf artists going back to the 18th century. Peter Jackson encourages members of the Deaf...
Deaf men helped NASA

‘I wanted to serve’: These deaf men helped NASA understand motion sickness in space

Extracted from The Washington Post - 5 May 2017 - By Sarah Larimer  Video above: In the 1960s, 11 men with ties to Gallaudet University...
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Google Doodle’s celebration of British Sign Language

As many children return to school this week, Google recently celebrated Britain's first school for the deaf, through a 'Google Doodle' of signing the letters of...
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Profile of Arthur Dimmock

From 1943 until 2006 Arthur Dimmock contributed an international news column called Girdle Around the Earth to the British Deaf Times, which later became...
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Opening a door into Deaf History

A new BDA website opens its archives up to the public as well as allowing the Deaf community to share old photos and videos...

Celebrating deaf and hard and hearing women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here are the achievements of 5 famous D/deaf and hard of hearing British women.

Martha’s Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard is an island in Massachusetts and was home to the world's most famous Deaf community. Even though they were never more than a quarter of the population, nearly everyone used the local sign language which would go on to form the basis of ASL.

The Life of William Shaw

William Shaw (1869-1949) was arguably the greatest Deaf inventor. He invented Deaf-friendly doorbells, alarms, clocks, baby monitors and phones.