Celebrating 10 Years in Honor of Deafhood Foundation, Going Back to Roots of Deafhood

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Deafhood Foundation was established in 2009 after two years of deliberation and creation and is celebrating their 10th year this month, February. However, as many people often miss, Deafhood came from a book that was written by a man who goes by the name, Paddy Ladd.

Excerpt from Deafhood Foundation: “The idea for the Deafhood Foundation began in 2007 after a few years of examining and re-framing the political, economic and ideological powers surrounding Deaf communities, inspired in great part by the book “Understanding Deaf Culture: in search of Deafhood” (Ladd 2003). “

Joey Baer one of the fifteen people who founded Deafhood Foundations conducted an interview with Paddy Ladd in 2010 and posted the videos on YouTube. As somebody that has been immersed in deaf studies from his early times at university, Paddy began his work on the book however it was not published until 2003.

Dr. Paddy Ladd presented at NTID/RIT in 2004 on the subject of colonialism and Deafhood. Here are some short clips from his presentation - Part I

This video is one of the earlier Deafhood presentations. As Ella Mae Lentz mentioned in her response to Philantino's (Raul Colon) video making “mistaken claims about Paddy Ladd's book.” she clearly states that Paddy is aware and is very supportive of the community getting access to his book through presentations and workshops that allow them to better understand their personal journey as a Deaf person. Many people often forget to credit the person behind “Deafhood” and that is Paddy Ladd. As a researcher, he cares only about the community gaining better understanding of themselves.

Deafhood workshops is intended to allow for people that want to have interactive discussions and full immersion in better understanding the journey many others have had to help them self-assess their own. Some people are unable to process such deep thoughts on their own and want external simulation to process thoughts with more meaning and more in-depth discussions. For many years, Paddy Ladd has been bringing knowledge and enrichment to the community and for ten years, it has been accessible in interactive mode through workshops and ASL (American Sign Language).

The first gathering to create the Foundation at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California in February 2007.  (Deafhood Foundation Website - About Us)   Front: (l to r): Judy Gough and Ella Mae Lentz Middle row (l to r): Colin Piotrowski, Danny Lacey, Marvin Miller, Kathy Say, Clark Brooke, Joey Baer Back Row (l to r): Kevin Clark, Don Grushkin, Nancy Mitchell, David Eberwein, Butch Zein

The first gathering to create the Foundation at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California in February 2007. (Deafhood Foundation Website - About Us)

Front: (l to r): Judy Gough and Ella Mae Lentz
Middle row (l to r): Colin Piotrowski, Danny Lacey, Marvin Miller, Kathy Say, Clark Brooke, Joey Baer
Back Row (l to r): Kevin Clark, Don Grushkin, Nancy Mitchell, David Eberwein, Butch Zein