Gallaudet UniversityGallaudet University was the first school for the advanced education of the deaf. The university was named after Thomas Gallaudet, a notable figure in the advancement of deaf persons education.
Student strikes at Gallaudet University starting March 9, 1988 revolutionized the perception and education of Deaf people as a culture. Deaf students were outraged at the selection of another in a line of university presidents who were hearing, finding it patronizing, marginalizing, and inappropriate for such an essential part of the Deaf community. In less than a week of activism, the president-elect, who had also been criticized for malapropos statements about the functionality of Deaf people, resigned and a Deaf president replaced her.