city on the hill
normalizingHowever, in their representations of Gallaudet, the name comes to signify much more than college and becomes a special place the deaf romanticize and fantasize. What if all of life could be like Gallaudet? What if Deaf culture was not dispersed among hearing culture, but was the primary culture? These seem to be the questions people are asking and imaginatively answering as they tell their stories of the magical realm of Gallaudet, where all your professors are deaf and all your friends are deaf, and it no longer becomes necessary to tell people you are deaf. Instead, they assume so and it is the hearing person who is at a disadvantage and must find other means to communicate.
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