DC Public Library Celebrates Clerc-Gallaudet Week

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DC Public Library Celebrates Clerc-Gallaudet Week

On Saturday, December 3, the DC Public Library will honor the legacy of Laurent Clerc and Thomas H. Gallaudet with a program called “Deaf Education and American Sign Language.”

Originated by the Library in December 1974, the Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes library awareness in the deaf community and deaf awareness in the library community.   Every year, notable achievers from the deaf community are honored.   Six deaf speakers from the Washington Metropolitan area will participate this year.

Gallaudet University Librarian Diana Gates Moore will discuss what it was like for deaf children to go to school with hearing students at the beginning of the 19th century, before the American School for the Deaf opened.

Dr. Barbara Kannapell will share her experience as a student attending three different residential schools for the Deaf.  While the schools attended forbade using American Sign Language, Kannapell maintained her language identity.

Dr. Jack R. Gannon and Rosalyn L. Gannon will share stories about Yerker Andersson, the first Deaf American elected president of the World Federation of the Deaf, and Vickie Hurwitz, the first lady of Gallaudet University. 

Dr. Stephen Weiner, provost at Gallaudet University and Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, will also make remarks on Deaf Education and American Sign Language today.

The program will take begin at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  For more information Clerc-Gallaudet Week please email Janice.rosen@dc.gov

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About Clerc-Gallaudet Week
Held the first full week of December, Clerc-Gallaudet week recognizes the birthdays Laurent Clerc, America's first deaf teacher (December 26, 1785), and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the co-foundeder of the first institution for the education of the Deaf in North America (December 10, 1787). 

Clerc-Gallaudet Week Partners
The Partners for the Clerc - Gallaudet Week are AT&T DC Relay, the Bridgettes, Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf, Deaf Abused Women’s Network, Deaf Community Friends of the DC Public Library, Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA), Graham Staffing Services, Hamilton Relay, and People.Animals.Love. (P.A.L.).