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Office Hours: Bruce Bucci: Wheelock College instructor in deaf studies offers advice about how to be an ally to the deaf community

When Julie Behar entered BU, she planned to become a speech pathologist. But a course in American Sign Language (ASL) proved life-changing, opening a door to a community and a culture senior Behar (Sargent) hadn’t known about before. Her passion for ASL and serving the deaf community led her to decide to become an audiologist instead.

“After immersing myself in the deaf community here at BU, my aspirations completely changed,” says Behar. “I realized that my true passion was with supporting language access, whether that language be spoken or signed.”

Historically, the deaf community has had strained relations with audiologists, who have often had a negative perception of ASL and a misinterpretation of deaf people’s lives.

As she prepares to graduate, Behar sought the advice of a former teacher: Bruce Bucci, a Wheelock College of Education & Human Development instructor in the Deaf Studies program. Bucci is deaf and a native ASL speaker.

In the latest installment of our video series “Office Hours,” Behar asks Bucci how she can become a better ally for the deaf community as she prepares to embark on her new career.