Paddy Ladd Presentation at NTID – Parts I – III

In 2004, Dr. Paddy Ladd presented at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY on his new book entitled: “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood” See part I of Dr. Ladd’s presentation


[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]PART II – focuses on examining Deaf discourse in the context of France before the spread of oralism – see 7 tenets from p. 111
Internationalism / Universalism of Sign Languages / Commonalities / Deaf Collectivism
Note: Deaf Frenchman who set up the Deaf-mute banquets in Paris, France – Ferdinand Berthier – this chap is worthy of a google and a full book about him – a marvelous ancestor to study, honor, and value

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]Part III (labeled at beginning of video Part IV by mistake) – Looking Forward as we Discover Our Past – Role of Deaf Studies in Advancing Deafhood and vice versa
Discussion of book jacket cover by Alexander Martianov

Apologies – we dont have footage of the Power Point that Dr. Ladd was referring to so i have added subtitles here and there where the missing text is important to understand what he is explaining.

the clips r short – too short to piece together with effective transitions so my apologies if its a bit jarring to watch.

The video has voice interpretation but i am sure that the voicing was not in synch with the timing of Dr. Ladd’s signing so im sure i have sliced off some of the lagged voicing when i cut the video.

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As always – big thanks to Dr. Ladd for allowing these excerpts to go up – sorry it has taken me so long to get around to it





6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DE
    Nov 24, 2007 @ 22:21:15

    Patti- thank you so much for putting these up. Was so inspired to see Dr. Ladd once again. He is indeed one of my true heroes and inspiration. Dr. Ladd’s book is the best thing to happen to the Deaf community in the 21st century. Let his work and vision become reality.

  2. Jean Boutcher
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 00:21:57


    Thanks thanks thanks for the
    videoclips of Paddy Ladd. I have
    two questions. First, do you have a videoclip wherein Paddy summarises about the concept of Deafhood?

    Second, I notice that Paddy uses
    a blue ribbon on the lapel. Any
    signifiance about the blue

  3. pdurr
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 06:31:57

    DE – u, gg, and ella r a big part of helping to get the word out re: Dr. Ladd’s book and conceptualization of Deafhood

    Jean – if u go to part I video at the end of it u will see Paddy explain Deafhood a bit and he does so again at the end of the part II video – however he does not give a clear cut easy definition.

    Wikipedia has: Deafhood is a term coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd in his book “Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood”.
    …I found myself coining a new label of ‘Deafhood.’ Deafhood is not, however, a ‘static’ medical condition like ‘deafness.’ Instead, it represents a process – the struggle by each Deaf child, Deaf family and Deaf adult to explain to themselves and each other their own existence in the world. In sharing their lives with each other as a community, and enacting those explanations rather than writing books about them, Deaf people are engaged in a daily praxis, a continuing internal and external dialogue. (Ladd, 2003:3)

    there is more at

    This is how i would define Deafhood but note it is 8:22 am on a Sunday morning and ive only had one cup of coffee so far:

    Deafhood is a term coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd, a Deaf British scholar, which examines what it means to be Deaf physically, intellectually, socially, historically, spiritually, and politically as an individual and a collective group.


    Paddy explains his tradition of wearing a blue ribbon in his book. Also at the NTID presentation he explained it and then showed a FABULOUS clip from the WFD opening ceremony where they had blue ribbons, candles, and short testimonies

    Dr. Ladd wears the blue ribbon in memory of all Deaf people who did not have the opportunity for full self-actualization and Deafhood due to discrimination and oppression and he wears its in memory of them and other great Deaf heros known, unknown, emerging and yet to be born

    in the video part I he pays tribute to two Deaf people at the beginning of his presentation – this is another tradition of Paddy when he presents

    Cultures are often transmitted via:
    language, values, behaviors, traditions, and possessions. Deaf culture is lacking in the areas of traditions so i really appreciate Dr. Ladd’s use of the ribbon, candles, and “tipping of the hat”



    folks pls feel free correct any of my comments – im just a learner at this stage

  4. Lipstick
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 12:59:05

    Greetings! I am so thankful for your postings of Paddy Ladd, John Hotchkiss and the artwork! This is a beautiful work that you are engaged in and many will appreciate the time and energy you offer for the benefit of all. Thank you again and again for your thoughts, translations and video postings. I look forward to getting Supalla’s book with the translation of important presentations in the sign language!

  5. deafk
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 13:00:50

    Hi, P ~

    Thank you so much for the videos. I learn a great deal from here. I will listen to Ladd’s videos again until I understand the concept.

    However, I do the basic discussion of Deafhood in my v/blog. I am learning how to do book club, and already people appreciated me for doing this. I am sure anyone else could benefit from my blog…Could drop once or visit it regularly.

    I do that weekly at least. Not excatly, grinning, could be a week in between or more than a week in between. Ok, it is Butterfly, like me…Deaf.

  6. pdurr
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 19:11:15

    Lipstick – thanks for ur comments – i too am anxiously awaiting Dr. Supalla’s new book

    Deafk – i have seen ur vlog site butterfly, like me

    i think it is awesome u have set out to have a book club discussion on Paddy’s book – best wishes with it



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