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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Helen Keller once flew an airplane!

It was 75 years ago, during June of 1946 that deaf-blind disability rights advocate Helen Keller flew a plane. The story is recorded in a newspaper article archived by the American Foundation for the Blind. She piloted the airplane for 20 minutes as it flew over the Mediterranean ocean. Her companion, Polly Thomson, is recorded as saying:
She sat in the co-pilot’s seat with the pilot beside her, and I relayed to her his instructions.The plane crew were amazed at her sensitive touch on the controls. There was no shaking or vibration. She just sat there and flew the plane calmly and steadily.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The first Network TV Captioning

On March 16, 1980—41 years ago today—that the network TV channels ABC, NBC and PBS debuted closed-captioned television shows, in which the show’s dialogue and soundtrack appeared as text on-screen as the action proceeded. The first shows to be aired with captioning were The ABC Sunday Night Movie, Disney’s Wonderful World and Masterpiece Theatre.

Monday, January 4, 2021

An opportunity for Deaf Writers

Alternating Current Press publishes an anthology on deafness called Here & Now. Submissions from D/deaf and hard-of-hearing writers are welcome though the publisher will consider "work by people directly affected by D/deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals (an interpreter, a parent of a D/deaf child), but the connection or perspective must be unique and important." The material could be "poetry, fiction, hybrid, and nonfiction that touches on D/deafness in some way (however slight)." There are more details here.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

On this date: Grace Coolidge was born

Grace Anna Goodhue was born on January 3, 1879, in Burlington, Vermont. She's known to history as the wife of the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. What many people don't know is that she was a teacher of the deaf. As first lady, she worked hard to educate the public and invited Helen Keller to visit the White House. Helped by the President, Mrs. Collidge raised $2 million for the Clarke School for the Deaf. 

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