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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ASL is the most taught language in the U.S.
(Gallaudet University, 2021)
Workplaces, services, and events such as conferences, concerts, and more, that already provide accessibility accommodations, or will gladly provide upon request
Selling or teaching ASL or ASL-related products with no involvement or approval from deaf or hard of hearing perspectives
Hiring and supporting talented deaf artists and entrepreneurs
Glamorization of sign language interpreters or hearing people who use ASL with lack of recognition for deaf people themselves
Learning ASL or any signed language to communicate with a deaf or hard of hearing person in your life
Propaganda with misleading messages that prioritize assistive devices and the ability to hear as the only or cure-all solution for deaf and hard of hearing people
Understanding and accepting the wide variety of identities and accommodation needs across the deaf spectrum
Denying sign language access for deaf children, which causes language deprivation, while popularizing the use of baby signs for hearing children
Innovative technology solutions that elevate accessibility for large communities, not just for the deaf and hard of hearing
Protecting the signing community’s collective wealth and opportunities means combating our resources from being exploited and dispersed into the larger society.
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Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private and premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1864.
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Spring 2021 – Dec 12Fall 2021 – May 15