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William “Dummy” Ellsworth Hoy

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Mr. Hoy was nicknamed “Dummy” in the late of 1800s. He was born on May 23, 1862, in the small town of Houcktown, Ohio.

Hoy became deaf after suffering from meningitis at age of three, and went on to graduate from the Ohio State School for the Deaf in Columbus as class valedictorian.

He opened a shoe repair store in his hometown and played baseball on weekends, earning a professional contract in 1886 with an Oshkosh,...

Deaf Spotlight: Jason Hurdich

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Key Contractor with ASL Services Takes Home Award with Vcom3D, Inc. Team Attending the 2010 National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) National Conference in Washington D.C. was Jason Hurdich. Mr. Hurdich and his Vcom3D team won the Brightest Idea Award, voted on by peers and experts in their field at the Conference’s Tech Exposition, a showcase of emerging and exciting technologies and research...

Deaf Spotlight: Laura Redden Searing

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She was born on February 9, 1839 in Somerset County, Maryland. She was a deaf poet and journalist. Her pseudonym was Howard Glyndon. Laura was hearing at birth but she had Meningitis at the age of 11 and became deaf. Most of her elementary school she spent in public schools. When she became Deaf she was transferred to the Missouri School for the Deaf. There she learned sign language which she used to communicate.

In her early...

Deaf Spotlight: Lance Collin Allred

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Lance Collin Allred was born February 2, 1981. Allred was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he spent his very early years growing up on an isolated compound in Montana. He is nearly 7 feet tall and his listed weight is 255 pounds. He is the first Deaf American basketball player in NBA history. He is also the author of Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA, his memoir/autobiography...

Deaf Spotlight On: Sergio Peña

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Sergio Peña is the first person in the Nation to be Dually Certified in Both LSM and ASL.

Sergio Peña, born in Los Angeles, CA, is a dual citizen of both the US and Mexico. He currently possesses a NIC certification (2008) in the US through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Mr. Pena has also obtained his LSM/Spanish Interpreting certification in 2010 through the Consejo Nacional de Normatividad y Certificación in...

Deaf Spotlight On: Dr. Robert Davila

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Robert Davila was born in southern California to Mexican-American parents who worked in fields and orchards. At age eight, he contracted spinal meningitis and became deaf. When his mother learned about a school for the deaf in northern California, she sent him alone on a journey to California School for the Deaf, Fremont but he attended to Berkley before moved to Fremont in late of 1930’s and early of 1940’s. He graduated from Gallaudet...