Several alumni and current students of Gallaudet including myself collaborated to write a letter and convince President Davila to see us on Friday, March 30 to discuss the previous and ongoing issue of poor quality of services and education for the Deaf-Blind. During the era of Jordan, Fernances and Kelly, the number of Deaf-Blind students enrolled did increase but sharply declined due to withdrawals. Many of us struggled with the poor quality of services under CAPSS and social acceptance. We hope that Davila is keeping his word on his “open door policy” and welcomes us to meet with him – provided that the President’s Office will cover the costs of Deaf-Blind interpreters.
And I will be in town that weekend so I am praying that President Davila honors our request so that I can finally tell him my side of the story – how the Jordan/Fernandes administration almost crushed my dreams of graduation and job opportunities.
Yo, President D, what say ya?
President Bob Davila
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Gallaudet Coalition of the Deaf-Blind
March 7, 2007
Dear President Davila,
First, we would like to say: Welcome Home.
We are a group of current and former students of Gallaudet, all of who are Deaf-Blind. We vary by visual fields – some fully blind and some have Usher Syndrome. All of us have the same objective in mind when writing you this letter of invitation to meet with us on Friday, March 30, 2007.
And that is to keep you up to date and aware of the issues that we have endured as students, past and present. Let it be known that our educational journey at Gallaudet was rather difficult, not a smooth one. Many of us had and still seek betterment in the quality and quantity of services in order to ensure that we achieve our dream of graduating with a degree. In the past, our social and educational abilities have been tested by ignorance, oppression and limited funding.
Many universities, including
Alabama boast better programs for students with disabilities than
University. Gallaudet is supposed to be the mecca of Deaf scholars, serving their needs be it visual, auditory or tactile. But that’s not the case. Many of us have suffered in terms of course failures, lack of job opportunities, quality of services and interpreting.
President Davila, be it known that during the years of
Jordan’s presidency, many of us spoke out on the plight of the Deaf-Blind scholars and received very little support.
There is so much more to be discussed – statistics, facts, evidence and stories from the Deaf-Blind associated with Gallaudet in the recent years – we long to be heard, too.
We sincerely hope that you open your doors to us on this day of March 30 and have Team Gallaudet on standby to readily listen. It’s a long time overdue. Please contact us so that the President’s Office can seek support from the Interpreters for the Deaf-Blind at GIS. Any questions, please don’t hesitate.
Alumni, Class of 2006
Current StudentPresident, Gallaudet
Union for Low-Vision Students
Alumni, Class of 2005
Alumni, Class of 2005
And so many more.