A local educational institution, Gallaudet University has been named an Apple Distinguished School for 2022-2025 for its work in teaching American Sign Language (ASL) and English bilingualism using Apple products.
Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is a bilingual, and multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
“Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.”
The institution has a long history with Apple. Many Gallaudet University students and alumni were hired at the Carnegie Library Apple store, its leaders’ visit to the company’s HQ in California inspired the Connected Gallaudet program to provide Apple devices to faculty and students and the school’s communication department collaborated with the company on creating Maps Guides which highlight signing in Washington D.C. Recently, CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement address to the class of 2022.
Gallaudet University and its K-12 program are recognized for teaching ASL and English bilingualism using Apple products
Technically reports that Gallaudet’s K-12 program was also named an Apple Distinguished School, along with its college because the schools’ implementation of Apple technology for “innovation, educational excellence, and leadership in the classroom” earned it the designation.
Dean of Faculty Khadijat Rashid said;
“Technology can be a ‘great equalizer’ for people who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. In particular, video technology allows deaf people to communicate with one another over long distances, and to communicate with hearing people with supports such as sign language interpretation and automatic speech recognition.
Apple has been especially attuned to the importance of providing access. This partnership with Apple through its Apple Distinguished Schools program allows us to continue to innovate for impact, consistent with our mission and strategic vision.”