Keith Nolan:
Deaf in the military

TEDxIslay · 18:41 · Filmed Apr 2011

Keith Nolan always wanted to join the United States military. The challenge: He is Deaf, which is an automatic disqualification according to military rules. In this talk, he describes his fight to fight for his country. (In American Sign Language, with real-time translation.)

Keith Nolan doesn't believe his deafness should be a barrier to serving his country — and is making the case for increasing the role of citizens with disabilities in the military. Full bio