Marvin Miller presenting during a Deafhood Fundraiser at Old Jim, Gallaudet University, June 2015

Melvin "Mel" Patterson explains, in American Sign Language (ASL), the meaning of Deafhood.   

Upcoming Classes

Virtual Deafhood 101 (June)

June 1 - 17, 2021; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm CST (6:30p EST/8:30p MST/9:30p PST)

Online (Zoom)

Virtual Deafhood 101 (July)

July 12 to 28, 2021; 6:30 pm CST (4:30 PST/ 7:30 EST) to 8:30 pm CST (6:30 PST/ 9:30 EST) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

Online (Zoom)

Virtual Deafhood 101 (August)

August 2 - 19, 2021; 8:30 pm CST (6:30 PST/ 9:30 EST) to 10:30 pm CST (8:30 PST/ 11:30 EST) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Online (Zoom)

Dr. Paddy Ladd, author of Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood (2003), coined the word Deafhood to describe wholesome ways of being Deaf in spite of medicalized attitudes, discrimination and oppression. He presented a framework to understand our past, work within the present and plan for the future which Deafhood Foundation works to further. To learn more about his work, please go to Dr. Paddy's Corner.