Nearly 50 Years Later: The Chicago Fire that Killed Two Deaf Students (Part 2)

Pictures of written notes between ISD students and newspaper reporters

By Trudy Suggs (Click here for my thoughts on this story in ASL and English). PART 2 (Read Part 1 here) Zeke Beranek: The Unsung Hero Zeke Beranek was the sole chaperone of 40 boys — something that would never happen today. “Well, how I did it was I set up a buddy system. I had the older … [Continue reading]

Reflections on “Nearly 50 Years Later: The Chicago Fire that Killed Two Deaf Students”

Video description: Trudy Suggs, a white woman with brown shoulder-length hair, is wearing a black cardigan over a black shirt with green and white dots.  She is seated in a corner with brown bookshelves on her right and a sea blue wall on her left. Read the article here. Earlier this month, my … [Continue reading]

Nearly 50 Years Later: The Chicago Fire that Killed Two Deaf Students (Part 1)

A black and white photo of Charles Bright wrapped up in blankets on a hotel bed after his fall.

By Trudy Suggs PART 1 (Click here for Part 2) It was going to be a splendid trip. Forty boys from the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) were … [Continue reading]

My letter, 26 years later

Video description: Trudy Suggs, a white woman with brown shoulder-length hair, is wearing a purple v-necked sweater that ties at the neckline.  She is … [Continue reading]

Suicide is no laughing matter

Video description: Trudy, a white woman with shoulder-length brown hair, is wearing a navy blue shirt with a red, white, light blue, tan, and navy … [Continue reading]

A Quick Look at Everyday Disempowerment of Deaf People

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of NADmag; download a PDF version of the article. Video description:  Trudy, a white … [Continue reading]

#iamdeaf

In response to the recent AGB letter controversy, Robin Horwitz has created an #iamdeaf page on Facebook, and I was among the people he asked to make … [Continue reading]

Giving Credit Where It Wasn’t Due

Video description: Trudy, a white woman with shoulder-length brown hair, is wearing a deep royal blue sweater. She is seated in the corner with brown … [Continue reading]

Deaf Women Supporting Deaf Women

This article originally appeared in Get a Z Life Magazine.  When you put a group of women together to work, what do you get? Ask anyone this … [Continue reading]

Full, unfiltered access to ASL and the world

(Reposted from my Facebook page, February 13, 2016) My (deaf) daughters and I went out for dinner, and my four-year-old asked me why it rained. My … [Continue reading]