Many Deaf Seniors have done wonderful things for their communities, clubs or organizations. Many clubs and/or organizations of and for the deaf have wonderful programs for their members. But sometimes we forget to thank them. We forget to recognize them who have volunteered all
Famous deaf actor Bernard Bragg has maintained a lifelong connection with the NTID Performing Arts Department throughout his storied career beginning with his lifelong friendship with Robert Panara to his time as a visiting professor at NTID. Today, Bragg’s personal collection of correspondence, photographs, articles and other memorabilia is being shared with students as part of the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive.
As a child, Bragg enrolled in the New York School for the Deaf where he first met his mentor, Robert F. Panara, the first faculty member at NTID. Through the years, Bragg would play many lead roles and direct numerous plays. Upon graduation from Gallaudet University, he was hired to teach English at the California School for the Deaf at Berkeley and was one of the youngest teachers ever hired at the school.
Bragg’s performances were also influenced by Marcel Marceau’s pantomime style and he possessed a self-described “burning desire” to develop his talent with help from Marceau, eventually studying alongside him in Paris.
In 1966, Bragg cofounded the National Theatre of the Deaf with New York University psychology professor Edna Levine and Broadway set designer David Hayes. Within about a year, the team managed to receive enough government funding to get the theater up and running. They also received an offer from NBC for an hour-long special, Experiment in Television, which made history as America’s first televised performance in American Sign Language. National Theatre of the Deaf toured as the country’s first deaf theater company.
Despite his success as a performer, Bragg always maintained a strong commitment to education, earning a master’s in special education while juggling his teaching job at California School for the Deaf and professional performances. Now retired, he continues to teach, coach and perform and has visited Rochester many times to conduct workshops with NTID theater students.
As tribute, museum studies students Jean Pietrowski and Allison Thompson have curated an exhibit from Bragg’s collection, which is on display in the RIT Museum through April 2015.
If your nest is empty — by circumstance or by choice — think about
getting a dog. Known for their devotion and happy dances, dogs can take a
big bite out of isolation. Here, a half-dozen benefits of later-life
Dogs keep you fit
A study in
The Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that dog owners walk
approximately one hour longer per day than those without a fetching
friend in their lives.
They make you healthier
show that dog-owning seniors have lower blood pressure and lower
cholesterol than their petless peers. Having a dog also reduces the risk
of heart attack.
Dogs are social
natural-born icebreaker, your dog will introduce you to everyone from
next-door neighbors to perfect strangers. It’s almost impossible to pass
a dog without making a “pat stop,” so head for the park.
They organize your day
dog may keep you sane, showered and solvent. Studies show that dog
owners exhibit higher degrees of self-discipline than those without.
Makes sense: Dogs, like humans, thrive on structure; they need to be
fed, walked and nurtured at regular intervals.
Dogs get you
scanners showed that the canine brain reacts to voices and sounds, such
as crying or laughter, in the same way the human brain does.
They boost quality of life
help you stay safe and independent: They provide ears for the deaf,
eyes for the blind and an early warning system at the approach of
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