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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
Strauss learned sign language and stayed for 11 years focusing on federal policy issues until the facility closed. Then she joined the National Association for the Deaf where she drafted the original TV captioning bill. One of her proudest moments, she reveals in A New Civil Right, was when she witnessed President Clinton sign these amendments in 1996. Three years later Strauss joined the FCC, holding the second highest position in the Consumer Information Bureau. It was there she helped establish the first Disabilities Rights Office.

Working as a leading telecommunications policy consultant today, Strauss' hand can be seen in many of the developments that make life better for people who are deaf. In 2002 she returned to Gallaudet to start writing the history and scope of the movement. The effort took four years.
 
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