Washington Post Deaf Printers

A black and white photograph of the Composing Room with a row of linotype machines and operators.

From the 1970s-2000 more than 125 Deaf people found employment at The Washington Post. The composing room and advertising departments of the newspaper became spaces where Deaf and hearing printers interacted daily, creating a uniquely accessible work environment. 

In 2019, eighteen Deaf retirees from The Washington Post came to Gallaudet University to envision how their story might look in an online exhibition. The last of many generations of Deaf people who learned printing in school, the group wanted to record and share their history. Deaf Printers Pages is an expression of that goal. 

Click the navigation at right to view the Deaf Printers Pages exhibit.