Transcript for this video can be downloaded from this link:…

Raychelle is honored by this opportunity to distribute this captioned video to a large audience through ASLized! platform – thanks ASLized! Not only that, thanks also go to ASLChoice for the use of their studio and equipment in filming this production.

History: The older sections of this video (Raychelle with medium-length hair) was filmed during Fall 2012 and posted in the evening of January 4, 2015. Summer and I were notified of some errors, and we took the video down in the morning of January 6, 2015. An addendum including an apology and discussion of Raychelle’s errors was added to the video (Raychelle with longer hair), along with some edits (removed clips) and uploaded on January 10, 2015. The final, stand-alone version of Seizing Academic Power: Creating Deaf Counternarratives will be posted early February.

Raychelle is humbly aware no work is perfect, and that even though she tries to make sure the information is accurate; she is aware elusive errors and regression do lurk in her work. Raychelle asks for the opportunity to continue to correct/improve her work, including any accessibility issues (e.g. image/text descriptions, transcripts and more). Raychelle welcomes all suggestions and ideas on improving her work, including minimizing and removing any promotion of privileges for white, sighted, abled, educated & literate deaf-signing persons. Raychelle can be contacted at her work email:

The context for this video article has been presented in slightly different variations at/in the following venues:
1) Association for College Educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing conference, February 26, 2005: Myklebust – Master Narrative
2) Application for ASL/Deaf Studies Faculty position, Gallaudet University, March 31, 2008: Research ethics
3) Sign Language Studies, 2009, Volume 9, Issue 2: Research ethics
3) Deaf Studies MA cohort, Gallaudet University, November 30, 2011: Research ethics
4) ASLFest! Austin Community College, March 2, 2012: Myklebust – Master Narrative

This video article was inspired by many of the ideas and concepts already discussed by other brillant authors, and we would like to honor them by listing them below:

Chilisa, B. (2005). Educational research within postcolonial Africa: A critique of HIV/AIDS research in Botswana. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 18, 659-684.

Cram, F., Ormond, A., & Carter, L. (2004). Researching our relations: Reflections on ethics and marginalization. Paper presented at the Kamehauneha Schools 2004 Research Conference on Hawaiian Well-being. Kea’u, HI.

Duchesneau, S. & McCullough, C. (2006, August 28). Walking on Eggshells: Deaf and Hearing in Consultation. ASC on the Couch. Retrieved August 28, 2006, from

Erting, C. (2003). Signs of Literacy: An ethnographic study of American Sign Language and English literacy acquisition. In B. Bodner-Johnson & M. Sass-Lehrer (Eds.), The young deaf or hard of hearing child: A family-centered approach to early education (pp. 455-467). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Gilmore P. & Smith, D. (2005). Seizing academic power: Indigenous subaltern voices, metaliteracy, and counter narratives in higher education. In T. McCarty (Ed.), Language, Literacy, and Power in Schooling. Mahweh, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge.

Ladd, P. (2003). Understanding deaf culture: In search of deafhood. Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters, Ltd.

Lincoln, Y. & Denzin, N. (2005). The eighth and ninth moments – Qualitative research in/and the fractured future. In N. Denzin & Y. Lincoln (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 3rd edition (pp. 1115 – 1126).

Maher, J. (1996). Seeing language in sign: The work of William C. Stoke. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

McCullough, C. (2007, September 23). Hearing Researchers: Why Do They Study Deaf People? ASC on the Couch. Retrieved September 23, 2007, from

Mi’kmaq College Institute. (2008). Mi’kmaq research principles & protocols.

Osborne R. & McPhee, R. (2000, December). Indigenous Terms of Reference (ITR). Presented at 6th UNESCO-ACEID International Conference on Education, Bangkok.

An example of a very damaging master narrative for the Deaf community:
Myklebust, H. (1964). The psychology of deafness: Sensory deprivation, learning and adjustment (2nd ed.). New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc.

Thank you!