As it was published in the NeighborsGo magazine on January 8th, 2016.
Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue has been named president of the governing board of the Texas School for the Deaf. Hogue, who is fluent in American Sign Language, was appointed to the board by the governor’s office in 2009. “I am honored to support the deaf community and look forward to continuing my work with the board,” Hogue said. He learned to sign when he was 10 to befriend his neighbors who were deaf.
He interpreted church services at 12 years old and was a certified interpreter by 18, accompanying deaf and hearing impaired people to city council meetings, classes and other functions.
Texas School for the Deaf provides educational services for deaf and hard-ofhearing students up to the age of 21. It opened in 1856, and 584 students are currently enrolled.
Information provided by Judy Truesdell on behalf of the City of Wylie.