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Q&A: Deaf President Now!

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Q: What organization replaced its president as a result of the “Deaf President Now” protest?

A: Gallaudet University

In March 1988, students of Gallaudet University were joined by faculty and staff in staging a major protest of the board’s appointment of a president who was unfamiliar with deaf culture. The protest ended in the resignation of the appointed president and a new appointment of I. King Jordan, the 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.

Follow this link to learn more about Gallaudet University’s famous protest.
Deaf President Now protest

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