Martha’s Vineyard is known as the birthplace of American Sign Language, and in fact for approximately 150 years, the Island was know as “the place that spoke by hand’ according to Nora Ellen Groce, author of Everyone Here Spoke By Hand; Hereditary Deafness of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Deaf Heritage Tour has been developed to acknowledge the contributions of the Island’s deaf community. Similar to the Martha’s Vineyard African American Trail, this Tour will tell the stories of the people who settled the Vineyard, how and where they lived their lives and how they contributed to the Island and the world at large.

Access the brochure here.

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