33rd Annual CODAhaven Conference

Shining a Light on Our Deafcentric Experiences, J. Palmer & B. Loeffler ; June 28- July 1, 2018

Presentation Summary: Throughout their lifetime, Deaf individuals wade a gauntlet of institutions and systems that frequently do not align with deaf culture or deaf values. While many of these experiences can be unfavorable, there are times when deaf adults connect with a neighbor, a service provider, or felt truly welcomed in a hearing-dominated space. In this workshop, we invite participants to reflect upon their formative experience and consider key elements and themes to inform what it means to be deafcentric. NDC seeks to integrate the unique and diverse perspective Codas may have on the notion of deafcentric in the development of online tools and resources.



Jeffrey Palmer, PhD


Dr. Jeffrey Levi Palmer is a researcher. He is interested in not only the formative factors that result in the best language, literacy, and academic outcomes, but also which educational and social practices continue to elevate young deaf adults. His research examines understudied bilinguals, such as heritage bimodal bilinguals and visual-gestural unimodal bilinguals. He has taught linguistics and language acquisition to deaf postsecondary students both face-to-face and online. For more than a decade he has worked as a professional sign language interpreter (NIC, Ed:K–12) in a variety of specialized and technical settings. He is on the Test Development Committee for the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation and is vice chair of Deaf-Parented Interpreters with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Chinese language and culture from the Friends World College at Long Island University and obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.