Although he is best known as the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell actually devoted much more of this life to helping people who were deaf, especially children. It is cruel and wrong to… Read More »Bell Did Not Want to “Eradicate” the Deaf.”
Historic Articles and Biographies
Edwin Grosvenor has been the Editor-in-Chief of American Heritage and Invention & Technology Magazines and President of American Heritage Publishing since 2007. Grosvenor has written, co-authored, or edited thirteen books on American and European history… Read More »About Edwin Grosvenor
In 1879, Bell invented the audiometer to measure the amount of a person’s hearing loss. It was the first device designed to measure different levels of sound, and is the reason that sound is now… Read More »What Devices Did Bell Invent to Help the Deaf?
In his lifetime of work with the deaf, Bell hoped they could be as integrated as possible with the hearing world and emphasized speech therapy and lip reading for the deaf over signing. This became… Read More »How Are Signing and the Oral Method Different?
No. Long before Bell was an inventor, he was a noted teacher of the deaf. Bell taught sign language as a young teacher of the deaf, and sometimes signed with his mother and later with his… Read More »Did Bell Discourage the Use of Sign Language?
No. In an 1891 speech about heredity to a group of deaf students at what is now Gallaudet University in Washington, DC titled, Marriage, An Address To The Deaf, Bell was quick to note that “You yourselves are… Read More »Did Bell Want to Restrict the Rights of Deaf People to Marry?
Yes. During his lifetime, Bell was a fierce and vocal advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing. As the son and husband of a deaf person and a teacher of people who are deaf… Read More »Would Bell be an advocate of the deaf today?