National Archives Panel Discussion on -Through Deaf Eyes- March 21
Press Release · Thursday, March 1, 2007

Press Release
March 1, 2007

National Archives Panel Discussion on “Through Deaf Eyes” March 21

Discussion highlights employment and accommodation of deaf people in Federal Government

Washington, DC…On Wednesday, March 21, at noon, the National Archives will present a panel discussion on the employment and accommodation for deaf people in the Federal Government. This program, to be held in the William G. McGowan Theater, is presented in partnership with WETA and Gallaudet University, and in conjunction with the important television documentary, Through Deaf Eyes, premiering that evening. The program is free and open to the public. The National Archives is fully accessible, and there will be a sign language interpreter at this event.

Through Deaf Eyes (2006) is a two-hour documentary produced by WETA Washington, DC, and Florentine Films/Hott Productions exploring nearly 200 years of deaf life in America. Premiering March 21 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS stations nationwide, the film presents the shared experiences of American history - family life, education, work, and community connections - from the perspective of deaf citizens.

The discussion panel includes:

  • Karen Kenton, Executive Producer of Through Deaf Eyes;
  • Nancy J. Bloch, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf;
  • Robert M. Buchanan, author of Illusions of Equality: Deaf Americans in School and Factory; and
  • Paul Singleton, a team leader with the Department of Defense's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program.

Mr. Robert Jew, Director of the National Archives' EEO and Diversity programs, will introduce the program, and several film excerpts will be shown.

The William G. McGowan Theater is located at 700 Constitution Avenue, NW. Reservations are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street. Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Station (Yellow/Green Line). For more information, call 202-357-5000 or e-mail

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at: 202- 357-5300.


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