World's first Deaf parliamentarian: Gary Malkowski (1958-present), who is Deaf, is a former Canadian provincial politician. He represented the riding of York East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, as a member of the New Democratic Party in Ontario.
"Deaf and hard of hearing children have the right to barrier-free access to language acquisition during the early years when language is readily acquired." - gary malkowski, Gallaudet University (graduation speech), 2011.
The transcript of Gary Malkowski's graduation speech at Gallaudet University is available at http://gradspeeches.com/2011/2011/gary-malkowski