"Until the fall semester of 1986, the history department at Gallaudet University had never before offered a course in the history of deaf people.
In the 122 years, to that point, since the founding of the university, which was specifically intended for the education of deaf peoples, no one had ever taught a course about this very group of people.
In all of those years the history department had offered courses on a wide range of topics but never deaf history. "
ENNIS, WILLIAM T., et al. “A Conversation: Looking Back on 25 Years of A Place of Their Own.” Sign Language Studies, vol. 17, no. 1, 2016, pp. 26–41.