Deaf President Now

In March 1988, Gallaudet University experienced a watershed event that led to the appointment of the 124-year-old university's first deaf president. Since then, Deaf President Now (DPN) has become synonymous with self-determination and empowerment for deaf and hard of hearing people everywhere.

Four fingers held up represent the four demands of DPN.

the issues
what drove the protest presented in a day-by-day chronology of events

Greg Hlibok

profiles & viewpoints
Brief biographies of key individuals involved in the protest and personal accounts

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impact
How DPN affected deaf and hearing people around the world

This website was initially created as part of the 10- and 15-year celebrations of DPN. Much has changed at Gallaudet University and for the deaf community around the world since DPN. The content has been lightly updated for the 25-year celebration but for the most part remains a snapshot of the events of March 1988.

Photo credits: Yoon K. Lee, Chun Louie and Ken Kurlychek