Friday, January 31, 2014

Watch this event here!

Join this interactive discussion about the history, culture, and current issues affecting the Deaf community. Topics include: residential versus mainstream education; the impact of movements to end American Sign Language (ASL) use; societal barriers to access, and advocacy efforts to remove them; and health and medical issues, including those surrounding advances in assistive technology.

This is a companion to the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice series at the University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.

Books on Pinterest


  • Gent, T. V., Goedhart, A. W., Knoors, H. E. T., Westenberg, P. M., & Treffers, P. D. A. (2012). Self-concept and Ego Development in Deaf Adolescents: A Comparative Study.
  • De Raeve, L., Baerts, J., Colleye, E., & Croux, E. (2012). Changing Schools for the Deaf: Updating the Educational Setting for Our Deaf Children in the 21st Century, a Big Challenge. Deafness & Education International, 14(1), 48-59.
  • Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Accessibility of Web Sites and Automated Kiosks at U.S. Airports. (2013, November 12). Federal Register.
  • Websites

    About Deaf Culture from Gallaudet University


  • Mike Cashman, historian and former President, Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC)
  • Johanna Lucht, Leader, University of Minnesota Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student Ambassador Program
  • Jessalyn Akerman-Frank, Public Policy and Project Director, Commission on Deaf, Deaf Blind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
  • Kim Wassenaar, President, St. Paul/Minneapolis Black Deaf Advocates, Chapter 25
  • Moderator

    Dann Trainer, Assistant Education Specialist, University of Minnesota Disability Services