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Deaf Community Voices in the Heart of Washington, D.C. - Signing a Culture Oral History Project in Dig DC

 Digital Collection
Identifier: dcpl_229_dcv


  • Creation: 2022-06-10


Language of Materials


Sign Languages

General Note

This oral history project documents the Deaf Community in Washington, D.C. during a time when educational, employment, and recreational activities were limited due to communication barriers between Deaf and hearing people and misconceptions about what Deaf people can accomplish. The project explores how the Deaf Community created organizations to fill the social, recreational, educational, and spiritual needs which were inaccessible due to communication barriers. The project was conducted by Janice Rosen, Librarian in the Center for Accessibility at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library branch of the DC Public Library.

General Note

Both interviewer and narrator are Deaf and used American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate in the interview. The interviewer used both ASL and spoken English. A voice interpreter voiced for the narrator. Real time captioning (CART) was also used in order to provide full communication accessibility.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001