A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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"If deaf persons are not considered good enough to run the university then what's the point of having a university for deaf people?"
~ Dr. Allen Sussman Gallaudet faculty member
When Gallaudet University began searching for a new president, qualified deaf applicants were encouraged to apply. Two of the three finalists were deaf. The selection of the hearing applicant was announced in March 1988 and students, alumni, faculty, and staff closed down the University in protest. Following an outpouring of support from around the world, Gallaudet's first deaf president, Dr. I. King Jordan, was appointed along with a new deaf chair of the Board of Trustees. The University also pledged to establish a deaf majority on the Board of Trustees.
Students shout and sign "Deaf President Now!" "Deaf President Now!"
Gallaudet University Archives
During the week-long protest, Dr. I. King Jordan, with his wife Linda Jordan by his side, spoke to protesters supporting their demands.
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