An analysis of deaf president now protest

My friends urged me to join them. Unity for Gallaudet Movement [ edit ] Main article: Jenny Lay-Flurriechief accessibility officer at Microsoft, and Michael Ellisglobal vice president of accessibility at Sprint.

Gallaudet proposed that a representative of the school be sent to Europe to study the methods employed there, in order to determine which types of instructional methods might be added to those methods already being used successfully at the Columbia Institution and other American schools.

DPN is about the unconquerable nature of the human spirit. Presidential visits[ edit ] There have been 15 occasions in Gallaudet history when a US president has visited either the campus, or attended an official function off campus.

Deaf President Now

Deaf President Now Student strikes at Gallaudet University starting March 6,revolutionized the perception and education of Deaf culture. The motivation behind the protest for DPN was not simply about the current election, but about uniting and strengthening deaf students, faculty, and staff.

I will regret that part forever, because I would love to have a college degree on my wall that says "Gallaudet" to show that I was there during DPN.

When students, faculty, staff and friends of Gallaudet stood symbolically, peacefully, and uniformly chanting, "Deaf President Now," the public saw those chants every day on TV, in the newspapers not just in Washington but around the country.

The student leaders urged Zinser to step down, but she refused. Students supporting the selection of a deaf president participated in the large rally beginning on March 1, However, as soon as Spilman began to speak, Harvey Goodstein, a faculty member, walked onto the stage in front of Spilman and told students that their demands had not been met, so they should walk out since there was no use in staying.

It was not even about deaf people. It was a traveling rally, moving from the football field, to the elementary school, the largest classroom building, president's home, and ending at the statue of the first president of the University, Edward Miner Gallaudet.

The spark that ignited DPN was the announcement on March 6,by the University's Board of Trustees that a hearing person had been selected as Gallaudet's seventh president. Shortly after the Deaf President Now, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act which permanently altered the structure of American business.

Saturday March 12 Saturday was a day of rest. King Jordan in the offices of the public relations firm working on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

They were demanding respect. The Board was scheduled to vote and announce their selection of the next president of the university at eight o'clock on Sunday evening. Others demand this attention and respect, like the ADAPT and CripTheVote activists, who have put their bodies on the line to protest cruel cuts to health care coverage, which would hit people with disabilities especially hard.

Terry Giansanti It is hard to believe 10 years have passed. His commitment to equality of access and treatment for all deaf persons has been exemplified, not only during the peaceful and successful protest at Gallaudet University inbut also through working with state legislatures, state agencies, organizations, and all other walks of life throughout his career.

It starts with the first day of the protest and ends with the last day and says "The Beginning! It brought back a lot of old feelings and memories. Epilogue What made the protest so successful? In response, the university administration cancelled classes.

I watched the news at night and copied it on the VCR. Together, these two great events enveloped the nation and bolstered the phrase that is often quoted by President Jordan, "Deaf people can do anything, except hear. Jackson, American civil rights activist, Minister.

Meanwhile, the only support Zinser had was from the Board of Trustees and Jordan.

History behind DPN

Remember, I had just transferred three months before. At the Capitol, the crowd was treated to speeches by a variety of people, including Congressman Steve Gunderson. So my experiences at Gallaudet and during DPN have really helped me grow into a better person.

Thank goodness, my car had enough gas and I was lucky to find parking near the hotel. I thought to myself, not again There was overwhelming community involvement that included deaf and hearing students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I have gained more confidence in myself than ever before in my life!

Zinser, who was then the assistant chancellor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.Deaf President Now! tells the full story of the insurrection at Gallaudet University, an exciting study of how deaf people won social change for themselves and all disabled people everywhere through a.

Instudents at Gallaudet University came together to formed a single "voice" that was heard, but more profoundly seen, by the world. Now known as "DPN" ("Deaf President Now"), these deaf students formed a community with a cause.

In reaction to this decision in MarchGallaudet students and supporters launched the DPN student protest with four demands: 1) deaf president 2) the chair of the Board of Trustees to be resigned 3) at least 51% of the deaf Board of Trustees 4) no reprisals.

In Their Own Words

The "Deaf President Now" movement experience taught us the need and value of being assertive in working with the significantly greater population outside of Deaf America. My honest estimation is that the DPN was not won by Deaf America alone.

Disability Protests concludes by reviewing the Rehabilitation Act ofthe Americans with Disabilities Act ofand the Deaf President Now protest. Barnartt and Scotch conclude by giving special attention to the Rehabilitation Act ofthe Deaf President Now protest, and the Americans with Disabilities Act offocusing on how these landmark events affected their proponents.

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