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Ben Bahan

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Benjamin Bahan is a member of the deaf community as well as having a role in American Sign Language literature. Ben is a storyteller and has published many books on deaf culture, experiences, and issues and has performed stories such as "The Ball Story" and "Birds of a Different Feather". Ben Bahan is from New Jersey and attended Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf located in West Trenton, New Jersey. Later he attended Gallaudet University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biology. After Bahan graduated in 1978, he attended The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. There he studied linguistics and acquisition of American Sign Language. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1981 to collaborate with a friend on starting a new business. With Joe Dannis he founded DawnSignPress, which Bahan is vice president. Later he moved to Boston where he attended Boston University. There he received his master's degree, as well as a doctorate degree. During his studies at Boston University, Bahan helped operate the Deaf Studies Program in the School of Education. Additionally, he met his wife Sue Burnes at Boston University. Burnes, like Bahan, is deaf and has deaf parents as  ( Wikipedia article )

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