The newly chosen president of Gallaudet University, the nation's only liberal arts college for the deaf, faced student protests and a possible faculty no-confidence vote Monday in a dispute that she said comes down to whether she is "deaf enough" for the job.
This president replaces the University's first deaf president- and he rose to power after demonstrations demanding "Deaf President Now".
Fernandes, 49, said she is caught in a cultural debate.
"There's a kind of perfect deaf person," said Fernandes, who described that as someone who is born deaf to deaf parents, learns ASL at home, attends deaf schools, marries a deaf person and has deaf children. "People like that will remain the core of the university."And right at the end of the article there's a little reference to the type of stories I've been hearing.
Deaf education has been roiled in recent years by the development of cochlear implants and other technology. Some say such developments threaten sign language and other aspects of what they call deaf culture; others welcome such advances.
Am I the only one who thinks it strange that some people would rather have a "deaf culture" than the ability to hear?