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First Name Basis Podcast

Oct 17, 2019

In this episode we interview Chad Kennedy, a Deaf ASL Professor at BYU and UVU. Chad teaches us the following:

  • His experience at a hearing school vs. a Deaf school
  • His preference for identity-first language
  • How to communicate respectfully with Deaf people if you are hearing
  • Stereotypes about Deaf people
  • Deaf Pride
  • How...

Oct 12, 2019


  • This episode is the first of our “Small Wins” series, in which we share stories of how we’ve used the lessons we learn through First Name Basis in real life.  (Have you had a small win lately? Did you check out an inclusive book from the library, talk about race with your young child, or speak up against an...

Oct 3, 2019

In this episode we get a brief overview of Deaf history and culture, including the history of American Sign Language.  Carter begins the episode discussing his background and how he came to know ASL, and he shares an embarrassing story about the time he asked a Deaf person if they could lipread.

Then we talk about the...

Sep 20, 2019

This episode is a treat!  We talk with Carter’s little brother, Parker, who has Down syndrome.  Parker shares some details of his life and what he wants us to know about him.  We also talk with Carter and Parker’s mom, Kay, about what it’s like to raise a child with Down syndrome.  Parker is a cool guy and he and...

Sep 12, 2019

This episode is the first in a series called "Let's talk language."  Here, we'll discuss how language can be used thoughtfully to communicate respect. We'll explain the importance of "people first" language vs. "identity first" language. This can be challenging, as not all individuals with disabilities or communities...