Broadband and the ADA
About the Presenter
Frank Bowe was born in
Pennsylvania in 1947. He became deaf in 1951. Frank attended the
public schools in Lewisburg, PA, receiving an academic diploma
in 1965, with no support services (no interpreter, no notetakers,
no captioning of films, etc.).
Frank earned his B.A. degree from Western Maryland
College (WMC; now McDaniel College) summa cum laude in 1969 -
again with no support services, his M.A. in education from Gallaudet
Graduate School in 1971, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology
(research) from NYU in 1976. Each has recognized his later work:
WMC with a Trustee Alumni Award (1987) and Distinguished Alumni
Award (2002), Gallaudet with a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree (1981),
and NYU with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (1979).
After earning his doctorate, Frank became the founding
executive director of the American Coalition of Citizens with
Disabilities (ACCD; 1976-1981). He was U.S. Representative to
the United Nations for planning the International Year of Disabled
Persons (1981). Dr. Bowe later served as director of research
for the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance
Board, Chairperson of the U.S. Congress Commission on Education
of the Deaf, and Regional Commissioner of RSA (appointed by Justin
Dart), before joining Hofstra University as a professor in 1989.
Frank and his wife Phyllis, who married in 1974,
have two daughters, Doran and Whitney.