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Mark Leekoff excels as School of Medicine’s first deaf student

MarkLeekoffBy Mackenzie Mays
Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia University
thedaonline.com

Mark Leekoff has spent his life taking "leaps of faith."

The 24-year-old from Annandale, Va., took a leap last year when he was accepted into the West Virginia University School of Medicine as the department's first deaf student.

Photo: Mark Leekoff, a second year medical student at the WVU School of Medicine, practices on a mannequin at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.
Mackenzie Mays/The Daily Athenaeum

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More Needed For Jews With Special Needs

moreneededDisabilities conference seeks to stir communal conscience.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Jonathan Mark
Associate Editor
The new York Jewish Week

All of us have “special needs” — to use that kind euphemism for the most unkind physical, mental or cognitive disabilities. Most of us simply don’t know it yet.
 

Photo: At the special needs funding conference, two Jewish deaf activists, Alexis Kashar, left, with Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin.

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Family Matters: O Israel, for Those Who Don't Hear

Brunnlehrman_KasharSue Fishkoff
Hadassah magazine
December 2011

Naomi Brunnlehrman (left) and Alexis Kashar travel the country advocating for the deaf Jewish community. Photo courtesy of Alexis Kashar.

On a recent Friday night, some three dozen people gathered for Shabbat services in a synagogue north of Los Angeles. Rabbi Deborah Goldmann led the prayers, while temple administrator and interpreter Jan Seeley’s hands moved quickly, interpreting the rabbi’s words into American Sign Language for the congregation. Some of the worshipers sang along; others listened to what they can via cochlear implants or hearing aids while watching Seeley’s hands closely. A group of “oralists” sat in the front row, reading the rabbi’s lips.

Photo: Naomi Brunnlehrman (left) and Alexis Kashar travel the country advocating for the deaf Jewish community. Photo courtesy of Alexis Kashar

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