"How in the world did a Deaf guy become an elected politician?” That’s the question almost everyone has when they meet Canadian Gary Malkowski and learn that he served as an MPP in the province of Ontario in the 1990s.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his election, the biography Deaf Politician – The Gary Malkowski Story by Richard Medugno is now in large print paperback and as an ebook on Amazon.
Deaf Politician follows Gary from being born deaf into an immigrant, working-class family in Hamilton, Ontario through his education at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, to his community activism in Canada and political career in Toronto. Read more here.
After many years with the Canadian Hearing Society, Gary is now the Director of Sign Language Institute Canada, a national network of professionals striving to excel in higher standards for teaching Sign Language. SLIC certifies teachers and instructors of ASL/LSQ (la langue des signes québécoise) in Canada.
There will be more about the work of SLIC in a future newsletter.