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Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

  • By: Damara Goff Paris
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

The spirit of entrepreneurship has always encompassed members of the Deaf community. Long before Deaf President Now and civil rights legislation, deaf people have ventured into the world to sustain themselves, make their mark, and fulfill their destinies as hardy, self-sufficient, and productive members of their societies. Their only barriers were often the viewpoints of the mainstream community, which often pigeonholed deaf entrepreneurs into occupations in which there were minimal communication barriers. For example, prior to the digitalization of print jobs, a large number of deaf individuals worked for the printing industry, as well as other factory-related occupations. Despite barriers, there have been early pioneers as deaf people tinkered, created, developed, and carved their niche in the business world. One of the earlier known pioneers ...

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