Nan Asher joined the staff of Michigan Association for Deaf, Hearing, and Speech (MADHS) in February of 2004. Nan is known throughout Michigan for her knowledge and advocacy for hearing assistive technology and hearing accommodations. Most recently, Nan has managed her own company, Hearing Technology Resources, providing consultation regarding hearing assistive technology. Nan is also a member of the E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing web committee. Her technical expertise keeps our Hearing Assistive Technology section up-to-date and accurate.
Alison Aubrecht works as a mental health counselor at Michigan School for the Deaf. She is also a poet, scholar, and Deaf woman. She moved to Michigan in August 2003. Prior to that, she was a student at Gallaudet University (BA in Psychology, MA in Mental Health Counseling). Alison did her internship in London, England at National Deaf Services. As I write this introduction, I am reminded about Alison’s deep thoughts on identity, and so we turn to her words…
Since deciding at a young age to become a physician, Michigans Dr. Philip Zazove has been making history. From the beginning, he refused to accept “no” for an answer. As a result, he became one of the first deaf doctors in the U.S. He is forging a successful career as a treating physician and, as a medical director for the family practice clinics at the University of Michigan, oversees the treatment of thousands of patients.
Sitting at home in Columbiana, OH, about 15 miles south of Youngstown, the real Sue Thomas tells interviewers again and again how amazed and pleased she is at the success of the new PAX–TV television series, “Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.” Based loosely on her life, the show is attracting increasing attention, particularly among the nation's 28 million deaf and hard of hearing people. As impressive as that may be, that an entertainment company has aimed a mainstream show at the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing audience and that it's creating a buzz, what’s more inspiring is Thomas.
Juliette Gordon Low, Founder of Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouting movement owes its success to many historical figures, one of the foremost of which is Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912. Her vision, benevolence and fortitude has enabled thousands of girls to grow up into fine upstanding citizens.
Marlee Matlin, Actress and Activist
Matlin is likely the best known actress who is Deaf in Hollywood. Born Deaf, she grew up in Chicago, then hit it big early, receiving world-wide acclaim for her motion picture debut in Children of a Lesser God, a performance the film community recognized in 1987 with its highest honor — the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and one of only four actresses to receive that honor for a film debut. In addition to the Oscar, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored Marlee with the 1986 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.