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Intercultural Communications for Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Individuals Within Higher Education


Participants learn about the history of bilingual Deaf education, why ASL is a language, ASL as a world language for second-language learners, allyship, and how the intercultural community impacts hearing and Deaf cultures within higher education for students and faculty members.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or be able to:

    • Learn the effects of intercultural communications between Deaf and hearing culture.
    • Understand how to become a better ally for students and faculty members that are identified as D/deaf, D/deafblind, and hard of hearing.
    • Learn how to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture in their curriculum, creative scholarly activities, and/or services.
    • Support and acknowledge ASL as a world language in higher education.

The presenter uses their platform as a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language as a native user and clinical assistant professor teaching ASL to L2 learners. They give a basic history of Deaf education, discuss audism and lingusism within a Deaf community that uses American Sign Language, and talk about the importance of including students and faculty members who are Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing within their curriculum, creative scholarly activities, grants, services, and teachings in higher education.

Participants go into a breakout room or group activity where they discuss how to improve and remove the obstacles and brainstorm how to include this information in their curriculum, workshops, or services. This also allows the facilitator to answer the Q&A.


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