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Changes at Gallaudet spark debate over deaf culture

November 8, 2011

Gallaudet University is widely known as a higher education institution for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. In recent years, however, an unprecedented number of incoming students to Gallaudet don’t fit the traditional mold of students coming from schools for the deaf who use sign language to communicate. Increasing numbers of students are coming from public schools, may read lips or text instead of signing, and may have little experience with deaf culture. Recent incoming students are also far more likely to have a cochlear implant, which allows the user a limited sense of sound. A Washington Post article describes how these changes are leading to an impassioned debate on the future of deaf culture at Gallaudet.