Transitions: Jan DeLap

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Transitions: Jan DeLap


In this video Jan DeLap summarizes the disappearance of Deaf printers at the Post.


Zilvinas Paludnevicius


Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center Collection




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A video featuring an ASL interview with Jan DeLap, an older white woman seated in a darkened studio.


Jan DeLap: We had our lifetime job guarantee. The Post offered offered buyouts which some people took. Two years later they offered buyouts again, they really wanted us to leave. Some stayed because they wanted more money. So they stayed. Until the final buyout. At that time there were 116 printers there, many of them, maybe 40 of them, were Deaf. They were offered a large buyout with benefits and such. That time many people signed on. When that was done 114 signed off and only two printers remained. Everyone was gone, Deaf printers were gone. Wow, the Deaf were no longer there. That was a big deal, not having Deaf printers anymore. In 2001. 2001 was the last opportunity to take a buyout and that was when I took mine.




Zilvinas Paludnevicius, “Transitions: Jan DeLap,” DeafPrinters, accessed June 7, 2023,

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