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Government & Advocacy

  • June 8 - Public Law 89-36, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act, is signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to provide for the establishment and operation of a co-educational, postsecondary, institute for technical education of persons who are deaf.[1]


  • August 24 - Marlee Matlin - Marless Matlin is a television and film actress best known for her role in the 1986 film, Children of a Lesser God, for which she became the youngest person (age 21) to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Matlin became almost completely deaf at the age of 18 months from Roseola infantum.
  • August 26 - Chris Burke - American actor, author and spokesperson best known for his performance as "Corky" Thatcher on Life Goes On. Burke was born with Down Syndrome which is associated with some impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth. Today, Burke is a goodwill ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.
  • August 28 - Satoshi Tajiri - a Japanese video game designer best known as the creator of Pok√©mon, and the founder of Game Freak. It is reported that he has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.