Libraries Connect Deaf Communities
This is the 2022 theme of Alice L. Hagemeyer, a leader of Bridging Deaf Cultures, an interest group of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. . The goal is to promote public awareness of local communities in the nation, the public library about library values for people with disabilities, the deaf culture with its many aspects. E.g., Family, heritage, literary, sports, prison, health, and other cultures. This also supports “Library Connect” – the theme of Patricia M. Wong, president of the American Library Association (ALA).
The ALA Annual Conference. June 23-28, 2022 https://2022.alaannual.org.
During the week (between Sat, Sun and Mon) the Public Library Association, one of eight ALA divisions, will sponsor a deaf culture presentation on library strategy for inclusive deaf community engagement. Alice L. Hagemeyer will be the moderator with the presence of three deaf panelists. Karyn Choe, Alicia Deal, and Alec M. McFarlane. The fourth panelist will be Laurent Clerc Holt (hearing), 5x great-grandson of Laurent Clerc. Holt has been doing as part of his larger effort to raise the profile of Laurent Clerc, the first deaf visionary leader in American deaf education.
Deaf History Not To Be Forgotten in America
In April of 1817, Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (hearing) co-founded American School for the Deaf (ASD), the first-of-its-kind public school for deaf students that opened in Hartford, CT. Two American educators (hearing), Horace Mann and Samuel Gridley Howe liked the idea of using public funds when they established the first public school for the “normal” and the blind respectively in the 1930s.
In June of 1864, Clerc was a guest of honor at the inauguration of National Deaf-Mute College, which is now Gallaudet University. Today it remains the only accredited liberal arts university for deaf students in the world.
In August of 1880, two of Clerc’s former deaf students and colleagues at ASD, Thomas Brown and Edmund Booth were involved with the success of the NAD founding. behind the success, At that time many states already followed ASD to build their first school for the deaf in the US.
Fun Facts: Organizations Serving the Deaf
Tribute to the alumni of the State School for the Deaf for giving back
Ausma Smits (Illinois), founder of the International Deaf History (IDH) in 1991.
Ausma untiringly did the “plowing and planting” to make it all happen. She called the meeting of historians at The Deaf Way Conference, drafted the Bylaws, set up groundwork committee meetings, and invited some key individuals for consultation and feedback.
Retired Gallaudet History Professor, Ausma (widow of John Miller) is now living in Arizona writing her book memoir.
By Alice L. Hagemeyer, Editor FOLDA E-NEWS. January 6, 2022. www.foldadeaf.net