Lou Fant (1931-2001) was considered a leading expert in the ASL field--and considered the ambassador between two worlds. He was a teacher, interpreter, consultant, sign language coach, and actor. His accomplishments included cofounding the National Theatre of the Deaf in 1967; creating the sign laguage for the film Clan of the Cave Bear; being the sign language coach in Children of a Lesser God; coaching such actors as Diane Keaton and Mare Winningham; appearing in scores of movies, plays, TV shows; and hosting the Emmy Award-winning TV program "Off Hand."
Lou Fantwas considered a leading expert in theASL field. He was a teacher, interpreter, consultant, sign languagecoach, and actor. He was the author of numerous articles and five books on ASL. Barbara Bernstein Fanthas taught beginning and advanced ASL at Seattle Central Community College sine 1990. She has served as the chairperson of the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services board.