Most of the deaf people that are classified as mentally retarded never had manual communication…They didn’t have that freedom to think in an expressive language and be able to express their thoughts. Earl Duff
For over forty years, Earl Duff has worked on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. With his colleagues Sam Scott and Carol Meshon, Earl founded M5, a provider agency with expertise in serving people with ID who are also deaf. The “Three Musketeers” believed that, by offering their clients the opportunity to learn language (English or American Sign Language), they would find employment, and integrate more fully into the communities of their choice.
Listen to Earl’s story at disabilities.temple.edu/voices/detailVideo.asp?mediaCode=024-03