1000 B.C. - Hebrew Law (the Talmud) restricted Deaf from owning property.
427-347 B.C. - Plato's philosophy of “Innate intelligence”
“ All intelligence was present at birth. All people are born perfect abstracts, ideas and language in their minds and required only time to demonstrate their intelligence. Without speech there was no outward sign of intelligence, so Deaf people must not be capable of ideas or language”
Roman Law – Restricted Deaf from Marriage
384-322 B.C. - Aristotle's philosophy concerning deafness: "Deaf people could not be educated without hearing, people could not learn." Greek was the perfect language; all people who did not speak Greek were considered Barbarians.
“ Many deaf adults and signing teachers referred to the ‘natural language of signs,’ but oralist believed that speech was the ‘normal’ or ‘universal’ way to communicate among civilized humans. The depth of feeling was great on both sides, and the conflict of ideas and values lead to accusations of dishonesty and hypocrisy. The Terms ‘natural’ and ‘normal’ remain tangled up in this enduring argument”
“ discrimination based on disability being illegal in employment, public transportation, public programs, telecommunications, and pubic accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and offices.”