Introduction


In 1988 the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington DC was overtaken by the students, staff and faculty and Deaf community. As protesters took to the streets, television cameras from around the world recorded the shouts and signs that demanded, “Deaf President Now”. The DPN protest, as it is now called, marked the beginning of the Civil Rights movement for the Deaf. Why was such a movement necessary?

On this webquest, you will explore the culture of the Deaf, their history and language in order to get a better understanding of why they consider themselves to be an oppressed minority.

TASK

Your task is to demonstrate an understanding of the Deaf community by completing a variety of activities. You will begin an exploration of DEAF-WORLD and along the way you will be given a choice of activities to enjoy. You will first look at perspectives on Deafness, followed by the history that has shaped our views regarding the Deaf. You will have the opportunity to investigate and evaluate educational opportunities available to the Deaf, and we will conclude with where we began; DPN. You will come to understand its impact upon the Deaf community. Along the way, you will be asked to understand the Deaf perspective and how it differs from the perspective of Hearing people. This webquest will take several weeks and will be due one the date listed in your syllabus. You will be given a limited amount of class time to work on it however you are expected to do most of it out of class. You are encouraged to work in groups, but it is not required. See syllabus for class-time work days as well as recommended deadlines. As with everything, I am always available (between the hours of 7am and 9 pm) to answer those questions you cannot figure out for yourself!  Have fun and Learn!

Step One:

With this task you will demonstrate an understanding of the different views on Deafness. After visiting the websites, you will have enough information to compare and contrast the pathological and cultural views on Deafness.  You may use a variety of mediums to demonstrate this understanding by:
1.Writing an Essay to compare and contrast the views.
2.Create a visual representation to compare and contrast the views. (a poster, Powerpoint presentation, etc)
3.Give a short oral presentation on VHS, VHS-C or 8mm video tape. (use only these sizes)
4.Other ideas maybe presented to me via email. Suggestion and approval must be attached to project.

WEB SITES:
http://www.signmedia.com/info/adc.htm
http://www.aslinfo.com/deafculture.cfm

Step Two:

With this task you will have an opportunity to learn more about the history of the Deaf. As with all minority groups, the history of the Deaf can be sketchy, since minorities don’t usually write the books. After reviewing the following websites, you may choose one of the following to demonstrate your findings:
1.Write an Essay describing the history of the Deaf.
2.Create a timeline showing the significant events in Deaf History. This can be in a format of your choosing, including poster-type or power point.
3.Other suggestions may be presented to me via email. Suggestions and approval must be attached to the project.

WEB SITES:
http://www.aslinfo.com/trivia.cfm
http://library.thinkquest.org/11942/frameasl.htm
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/soundandfury/culture/deafhistory.html
http://deafness.about.com/od/deafhistory/a/deaftimeline.htm
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/InfoToGo/751.html

Step Three:

With this task you will be asked to evaluate the educational opportunities available to Deaf children and adults. Focus will begin with pre-k-12, but will include higher education as well. Remember, philosophies of language acquisition are directly related to educational philosophies with Deaf Education.
Answer the following questions after your investigation.
1.What are the three major educational methods for Deaf children?
2.What are the “strengths” and “weaknesses” of each choice?
3.What are the options available to a parent who decides to raise their Deaf child orally?
4.What are the options available to a parent who decides to raise their Deaf child using sign?
5.What are the opportunities for higher education available to the Deaf?
6.If you were the parent of a Deaf child, discuss the choices would you make, and give support for those choices.

WEB SITES:
http://www.agbell.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?p=ODE_History
http://deafness.about.com/library/weekly/aa032398.htm
http://deafness.about.com/cs/communication/a/totalcomm.htm
http://deafness.about.com/library/weekly/aa112999.htm
http://www.deaflinx.com/options.html
http://www.gallaudet.edu
http://ntidweb.rit.edu/


Step Four:

As your last web task, you will investigate the DPN movement and its impact on the Deaf community. After reviewing the following websites, use your knowledge to explain to someone who knows nothing about Deafness why the DPN was so significant. You may use a narrative, you may create a visual project or you may use an oral presentation. Other suggestions may be presented to me via email. Suggestions and approval must be attached to the project.

WEB SITES:
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/DPN/
http://deafness.about.com/library/weekly/aa092997.htm
http://pr.gallaudet.edu/dpn/impact/Default.htm
http://pr.gallaudet.edu/dpn/viewpoints/Default.htm


Optional Presentation Step:
During the last week of class you and your team will present your findings on this journey. The presentation need not be lengthy or professional, but I wish to give you an opportunity to share with the entire class any significant insights you may have discovered, projects that you may have completed or suggestions you came up with.