The National Association of the Deaf

In a world that thrives on communication, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) stands as a beacon of empowerment and advocacy for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in the United States. Established in 1880, the NAD has played a pivotal role in promoting equality, accessibility, and the. . . + Read More

Embracing Deaf Awareness Month

September is a significant month for fostering understanding and recognition of Deaf culture and the challenges faced by the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Deaf Awareness Month, observed annually in September, provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the richness of Deaf culture, raise awareness about communication accessibility, and. . . + Read More

Happy International Week of the Deaf!

Every year, the last full week of September is celebrated as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). This vibrant and significant event shines a spotlight on Deaf culture, Deaf communities, and the rights of Deaf individuals around the world. It’s a time to celebrate diversity, raise awareness, and advocate. . . + Read More

Spanish and Latinx Sign Languages 🇪🇸

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time of celebration and appreciation for the rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions that make up the Hispanic and Latin American world. One aspect of this diverse heritage that often goes unnoticed is the vibrant realm of Spanish and Latin American Sign Languages. In. . . + Read More

Influential Deaf Women – Then and Now

The world has witnessed numerous trailblazers who have shattered barriers and left an indelible mark on history. Among these remarkable individuals are Deaf women whose courage, resilience, and determination have paved the way for progress and equality for the Deaf community. Despite facing communication challenges and societal prejudices, these exceptional. . . + Read More

The World’s First Public Deaf School

A brief history of the world’s oldest deaf school in Paris, France, otherwise known as Institute National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris. Today, on July 29th, we commemorate the anniversary of the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (National Institute for Deaf Children of Paris), a government-recognized and funded. . . + Read More

A Snippet of Deaf Sports History

The invention of the Deaf Football Huddle Did you know that in 1892 Gallaudet University’s quarterback Paul Hubbard, a Deaf man, invented football game huddles? During the game, Paul noticed that the other teams could read their signs so he created a tight circle formation, later called the huddle, in. . . + Read More

Blitz Spotlight: Helen Keller

Helen Keller left a lasting impact on DeafBlind history. Born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Helen Keller’s life story is a story of the strong-willed human spirit. Despite being blind and deaf in the 1880s, she defied all odds and emerged as an influential figure in the fields. . . + Read More

Technology for Deaf People

Amazing solutions throughout history that Deaf people have come up with and used. Before the 20th century, any possible technology to help Deaf people was very rare. Often, they were very expensive or unavailable. Most of the time, Deaf people didn’t know about their existence. They often missed out on. . . + Read More

Deaf Education: Oral vs Manual

Two Educators of the Deaf: Alexander Bell and Edward Gallaudet Did you know that Alexander Graham Bell was a teacher at a deaf school in Boston? He was fluent in American Sign Language. His philosophy for the Deaf was advocating oralism. Bell took part in many historic events that nearly. . . + Read More