Name sign for David Peikoff (1900-1995): a historical figure in Deaf studies; a lifetime activist, advocate, journalist, and leader who served in Deaf communities in Canada and the U.S.
Did you know that...?
David Peikoff was born in Poltava, Ukraine on March 21,1900.
His family emmigrated to Canada in 1906. He attended the school for the Deaf in Winnipeg.
Peikoff served as President of the Ontario Association of the Deaf; one of the founders of the Canadian Association of the Deaf.
He helped deaf people with the right to have driver's licenses (Canada).
The University of Alberta established the David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies in 1987.
He passed away on January 28, 1995, in Maryland, U.S.
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