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The Impetus Behind Closed Captioning, Strauss
Gave Voice to Society 's Voiceless

BY EDWARD N. EISEN
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THE ALUMNI
Andrew Ferguson L'00
Chandra Bhatnagar L'01
Cathy Carr L'79
Karen Peltz Strauss L'81
Langer & Grogan
Paula Dow, L'80
There is some irony in all this. Strauss never intended to become a voice for the deaf. "I fell into it... but once I was in, I was hooked," she recalls. The author is not hearing impaired nor are any members of her family. Yet from the time she was a teenager growing up in Brooklyn, Strauss' interests lay in advocacy causes, from the plight of little children teased at school because their parents were deaf to protests against the Vietnam War. And so when she entered Penn, her goal was always "to use the law to improve society."

With J.D. in hand, Strauss signed on with Georgetown University Institute for Public Representation, a public interest law clinic that handled some disability rights issues. There she was involved in legislation to expand voting rights for people with disabilities. Later she was hired by the National Center for Law and Deafness at Gallaudet University in Washington, a world leader in liberal education for the deaf and hard of hearing. At Gallaudet her career took shape.
 
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