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Enjoy a day exploring what exactly is Deafhood? What does it even mean? How is it a part of the Deaf Community? Members of the Deaf and Interpreting Communities are welcome to attend! Fun activities are included.
LED BY DEAF PRESENTERS: Genie Gertz, Ella Mae Lentz, and Laurene E. Simms

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Who are they?

Genie Gertz
Her Biography: 

Genie Gertz is currently affiliated with the Department of Deaf Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as an Assistant Professor. Genie obtained a doctorate from UCLA in Social Sciences and Comparative Education with a concentration in Racial and Ethnic Studies. Her dissertation coined a new term of dysconscious audism, which addresses on how the individual's consciousness of Deaf identity is hampered by external forces.

Her current research interest on exploring the social, cultural, linguistic, and educational features that cause to weaken Deaf individuals' development of Deaf consciousness and identity is, for her, naturally gravitated to the topic of Deafhood.

Ella Mae Lentz
Her Biography: 

Upon discovering the word “Deafhood” coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd of Bristol University Centre for Deaf Studies, Ella has been challenged to seek justice for Deaf people by unshackling the Deaf.

Upon graduating from the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley, in 1971, she went on to Gallaudet University where she had her epiphany about American Sign Language launching her into a career of teaching, training instructors and interpreters, performing poetry and helping with linguistic research.

Recently retired from 16 years of full-time teaching, her long-term goals include promoting academic excellence in American Sign Language and healthy Deaf-hood discourse among all Deaf people as well as in the public.

Laurene E. Simms
Her Biography: 

Laurene is culturally Deaf, African-American educator and Professor of the Department of Education at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Indiana School or the Deaf (ISD), Indianapolis, Indiana, she received a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a M.Ed. in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland. She received a Ph.D. Degree in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Laurene has hands-on experience in the implementation of an ASL/English bilingual educational environment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of using ASL/English as the languages of instruction.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will food be provided for free at the workshop?

    1. Answer:

      We are currently working on obtaining food and refreshments from local restaurants and supermarkets for lunch and snacks. Hopefully, donations of money or food will be made so we can enjoy our lunch on campus as lunch break is only for an hour. We’re hoping people stay on or near campus at a nearby restaurant.

  • Will there be any voice interpretation at the Deafhood, Va workshop?

    1. Answer:

      Throughout the planning of this workshop, we have been engaging in ongoing discussion on how to provide the best workshop possible to our target audience: The Deaf Community. We have reached the conclusion that it is best to maintain an ASL-only environment where the presenters will deliver their message to the target audience in our primary language. Thus, we will not be providing voice interpreting or any other communication assistance (with the exception of interpreters for Deaf-Blind individuals). We will, however, film the workshop and then edit and caption the film and make a DVD of the workshop. This will allow for more accurate translation (as opposed to “on-the-fly” interpreting) directly from the speakers to the audience with a decreased possibility of misunderstandings and misinterpretations. For those who are interested in attending Deafhood, but are not fluent in ASL, watch for future workshops hosted by the Deafhood, VA committee or Deafhood presenters tailored to specific audiences such as non-signing deaf adults, parents of Deaf Children, Family and allies of the Deaf community and Interpreters and Service providers of the Deaf Community.

  • Can I invite my hearing friends or family members?

    1. Answer:

      We remind you that the target audience is the ASL-using Deaf community, and the workshop will be presented in ASL.

  • Will we have interpreters for deaf/blind?

    1. Answer:

      Yes. Be sure to request for Certified Deaf interpreter on the website before August 15. If you need more information you may talk directly to Elaine Hernandez at

  • Any certain clothes to wear?

    1. Answer:

      Wear casual clothes however you may want to dress in layers as auditoriums are known for cold air conditioning. Be sure to bring an extra sweater or a warm shirt in case.

  • Are there any restaurants nearby?

    1. Answer:

      The Parhams Road Campus is located on Parham Road in Richmond, Va. The college is near Hungary Brook shopping center where you will fast food services such as McDonalds, Wendy’s, Hardee’s etc.; you can google for certain restaurants. The Address is Parham Road Campus 1651 E Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228

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