had Usher's during his
Born and in Michigan, he
attended private Deaf schools
, then transferred to a public high school.
He attended Gallaudet University where he studied accounting and also learned sign language.
He transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute of the Deaf (RIT/NTID) and received his degree in accounting and computers in 1972.
After being diagnosed with Usher's Syndrome, he
attended the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth
in Sands Point, NY and received training in tactile ASL, Braille, and computers.
He has remained a member of the Jewish Deaf Congress (JDC) and was recently re-elected as Treasurer of Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens; a chapter of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB).
Jewish identity by attending Jewish Sunday school for Deaf students, and he
also celebrated annual events such as Hanukkah and Purim
As a youth, he
was the only Jewish Deaf person in his
area, so this motivated him to attend JDC Conventions
, where he
met other Jewish Deaf-Blind people.
Since moving to Seattle, he
said, "I had asked for other Jewish Deaf and Deaf-Blind and they mentioned me there are some-I attended temple where other one or more Jewish Deaf Blind taking the services with help of interpreters."
Jewish identity by observing the Jewish holidays and cooking Jewish food.
said, "In Seattle many people who are Jewish Deaf
or :Deaf-Blind do -not attend any service or social together as they had before and was dropped out due to work conflicts.
said, "I was Bar Mitzvah when I was 13 at all-hearing temple as I was oral Deaf.