On the third day, the course began with a site visit to Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, located in Washington, D.C. The president of the Gallaudet University, Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, made opening remarks. Dr. Khadijat Rashi talked about the global situation of the deaf community, Dr. Joseph Murray spoke about the human rights work of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), Dr. Audrey Cooper explained sign language usage and the impacts of sign language exclusion and Dr. Donna Mertens talked about the international development program at Gallaudet University.
The participants also had a chance to have a tour of Deaf-Centric Spaces on Campus guided by a undergraduate student majoring International Study, followed by the panel of World Deaf Leadership Scholarship students.
The afternoon session featured the first of two parts discussing accessibility. Philip Thompson from Integrated Design Consultants (IDC, South Africa) spoke about Universal Access: definition and contexts, the situation, issues and challenges of ensuring universal access in infrastructure (built environment) and the cost of universal design.
Julie Babinard (World Bank) spoke about accessibility and transport. Ziad Nakat (World Bank) talked about his experience in promoting accessible transport in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region.
The presentations and other materials will be available on the Disability & Development Core Course page soon.
Course agenda [PDF 163KB]