Honoring Dr. Frank Turk

The Nebraska Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (neRID) would like to join the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH) in recognizing Dr. Frank Turk during Deaf History Month. You can see NCDHH’s recognition on their Facebook page, viewable by clicking here.

I was fortunate to be able to see Dr. Turk present during NeAD Day on January 24. Dr. Turk had invited a panel of professionals to talk about Deaf Education. I’ll admit, I am pretty skeptical about how we can ever get to a place where I feel ecstatic about the quality of Deaf Education in Nebraska. But Dr. Turk, (86 years young), really made me stop and consider my attitude. Dr. Turk knows first hand what it means to be Deaf and has a lifetime of experience in Deaf Education. His message? Stop thinking about me and start thinking about we. Keep pressing on, keep striving or, to quote Winston Churchill, ““Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Thank you, Dr. Turk, for your example.