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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Author on deaf movement to speak at AVC March 2

A student movement that is credited with breaking down barriers for the deaf will be the subject of a presentation by author Dr. Angel Ramos at Antelope Valley College 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2 in the Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster.

Ramos earned his doctorate from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where in 1988 students launched a Deaf President Now (DPN) movement to protest a decision by the university’s trustees to hire a non-deaf president to lead the university that was created to serve deaf and hard of hearing students.

March 8 marks the 25th anniversary of the protests.

The protests are seen as a defining moment for the rights of deaf people and are credited by some as leading to the passage of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Ramos, who was at Gallaudet at the time, credits the protests with having a ripple effect on deaf education, organizations and employment across the country.

He wrote “Triumph of the Spirit: The DPN Chronicle,” which he will discuss as part of his AVC presentation.

Ramos was living with his mother in New York City when in 1959, at age 9, he lost his hearing.

He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Manhattan College, a Master of Science in Education of the Deaf from State University of New York, a master’s in educational administration from California State University, and a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet.

He has worked as a teacher and administrator, including serving as superintendent of the Idaho School of the Deaf and the Blind and Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Arizona.

He is a Fulbright Scholar and is founder of the National Hispanic Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Tickets for the presentation are on sale through the Performing Arts Center box office, (661) 722-6580, and online. Advance tickets are available for $8, general admission, $6 for AVC students and staff, and $5 for children under 12. Any remaining tickets the day of the event will be sold at the door for $10, general admission, $8 for students/staff, and $5 for children under 12.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Deaf Studies and Interpreter Training scholarship funds.

The event is sponsored by the AVC Associated Student Organization and the college’s Deaf Studies and Interpreter Training programs.