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may, 2021

20may11:30 am1:00 pmMay Zoom Meeting


Event Details

Our speaker this month is Valerie Freeman, an Assistant  Professor at Oklahoma State University. She will present information about a current project she is involved with. Below is her description of the project:

The Deaf Experience, Deaf Expression (DXDX) Project collects interviews with deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) people about their experiences with language, hearing, socializing, schooling, and related topics. The collection will provide parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, and the newly-diagnosed with first-hand accounts from ordinary people.  These real-life stories of challenges and advice are often missing during the diagnostic process, and they can be particularly useful for parents who must make many tough decisions for their young DHH children.  We have collected over 30 interviews in speech and sign language over Zoom so far, mostly with adults who have had severe hearing loss since childhood.  This school year, we are expanding to interview DHH teens, tweens, and their parents.
DXDX is a long-term project that can grow in many directions. In this talk, I will present our work and plans so far — and ask how the project can grow to include and benefit HLAA members.  You can see our webpage (still in early stages) here: and follow us @sophonokstate on Facebook or Instagram as we grow.


(Thursday) 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST