In 1901, baseball’s American League gets its first grand slam thanks to Deaf player, William Hoy. Hoy developed Umpire hand signals so that he could see strike call from the out field. Helen McNicoll, famous Canadian impressionist, Deaf artist from the late 1800s; Pamela Witcher, 21st century renowned Quebec artist reflecting Deaf experience in her Deaf View Image Art (De’VIA); Gary Malkowski, 1st Deaf provincial member of parliament; as well as sign language literature preserved and performed at the Centre are just a few examples of a rich Deaf heritage.
Deaf culture includes a centuries-long struggle for the freedom to express itself through its own language, culture and community. The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE PRESERVE language, culture and history while continually exploring new technologies and ideas.