But in 1989, Pulrang became interested in an issue at Galludette University in Washington, D.C., a school for the deaf where the students had become actively involved in advocating for a deaf person to become president of the college.
“The year I graduated, they did hire a deaf person as president, and that was a big deal for me, that a group of people were so dedicated to what they believe.”
Pulrang has seen a lot of positive movement in independent living, particularly with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but he sees a lot of unfinished business, particularly in the area of public access.
He expects to remain in the area but is not sure what he might focus his energies on next.
“Part of what pushed me to make this move was thinking about the people we serve,” he said. “Sometimes they have no choice but to change directions in their lives. I have learned from them.”
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