DPN 30: Social Change and the Experience of Unemployment


News is here. There is an article you should read about hardest working cities in United States. Washington, D.C. metro is the largest Deaf community and word that more Deaf people are expected to move and live in Washington, D.C. in time being. There is a website that specializes in Deaf Urbanism. It is worth your time reading.

Not long time ago, I learned that 1,000 people are moving to DC every month. Expect of big changes should you visit DC. When I first read this article this evening, it shows that Washington, D.C. is the fourth hardest working city and it is climbing fast. The questions we must be seen and examined ourselves. How can we make Deaf community economically, socially, and mentally? This might be something we need to remember. Within five years from now on, Will kind of culture District of Columbia at the point of the time?

Rachel Bowlby writes, “What is by definition one’s own, one’s very identity or individuality, is at the same time something which has to be put on, acted or worn as an external appendage, owned as a property nominally apart from the bodily self.”

There is plenty of research that shows Deaf people are hardest working people because they value the most. Since Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for Deaf is located in Washington, D.C.; The radicalizing of Deaf jobs had profound effects on Deaf professors, associate professors, and staff that they had been waiting for pay raise, none of this happening for long eight and half years. Finally they got very small raise last year. Soon, with days, Deaf President Now will celebrate 30 years to develop and intensify the bonds of Deaf community.


Rewind. 2018. 2008. 1998. 1988. The creation of DPN was to create high employment opportunities for Deaf community. I believe.

Let’s take a look directly at implicit and an explicit political framework for Deaf community in the future. I am writing here that it is a huge deal right now, particularly as evidenced by the very title DPN (Deaf President Now) of one of the most famous history for Deaf community.

30 years later. Deaf community is still suffering the highest unemployment, and had been cooperatively owned by the oppressive system. In 1988, I was 14 years old living in Old Wild West, I never knew about DPN and been shut out of literacy forms, an imagined community of Deaf people, and now living in DC is hard to fathom that the unemployment is high, and expected better results.

Within Deaf people expected to be grow large in DC area, what about social, cultural, and economic literature to preserve Deaf accessibility? How can we make it Deaf-friendly city with the best accessibility possible? Aiming to be the best Deaf community in the world?

30 years later. What happened to the visions of Deaf identity in employment? The new forms of urbanism are already developing around the city. Will Gallaudet University pay raise for Deaf professors, associate professors, staff get every year to meet their living expenses? Oh, living in DC is expensive. It is also fourth fastest growing city in the United States.

Open captioned movies are on high demand to make a bold statement. Every weekend. In the Spring of 1988, for the special meaning devoted to Deaf community and national identity, and now in 2018, District of Columbia yet able to create more jobs for Deaf community. If Amazon chooses DC area, then will there Deaf Space be created? Who will redefine just who its minorities are?



30 years later. We need to be reminding about the prospects of minority status. Will employment serve simply a predication, then or as an image of unemployment be hidden in the largest Deaf community? Add for employment opportunities for Deaf returning citizens to live comfortable in DC; For that, we must continue our dreams. We still have a dream. Right?


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