The Five Freedoms


Freedom to learn and to grow, and to be nourished in mind, body, and soul.


Freedom to exist in a physical environment that is comfortable and affirming of one’s identity.


Freedom to experience healing and wellness.


Freedom to have one’s true self validated and respected.


Freedom to exist in a space that actively works to protect one’s complete well-being.

Scholarly Inspiration

Scholary Inspiration

Our vision for Five Freedoms Farm comes in part from scholarly inspiration in the fields of Deaf Studies, Early Childhood Education, Disability Studies, Neurolinguistics, Educational Neuroscience, Cultural Anthropology, and Social Work. Deaf people are a linguistic minority with a rich history, language, and culture that deserve conservation and preservation. We hope to use our animal sanctuary to promulgate the notion of Deaf Gain; reframing ‘deaf’ as a form of sensory and cognitive diversity that contributes to the greater good of humanity. Through participatory planning with the Deaf Community we can build a place where Deaf identity and individual and community resiliency can be passed on to younger generations.

Carol Padden: “The Decline of Deaf Clubs in the United States: A Treatise on the Problem of Place”

Flavia Fletcher: “Audism and Deaf Community Cultural Wealth”

Fred Weiner: “Capitalizing on the Collectivist Culture of Deaf Community”

H-Dirksen L. Bauman, and Joseph M. Murray: “Deaf Gain”

Nick Tilsen: “Building Resilient Communities, a Moral Responsibility”

Austin Andrews: “Positive Use of Hearing Privilege in the ASL Community”

Ella Mae Lentz: “AG Bell and Economic Justice” (Deafhood Vlog)

Stephanie Johnson: “On Intersectionality”

Mike Gulliver: “Deaf Geographies: Spaces of Ownership and Other Real and Imaginary Places… or What Does Geography Looks Like in Deaf Hands”

Batterbury, Ladd, & Gulliver: “Sign Language Peoples as Indigenous Minorities, 2004”

Mike Gulliver: “DEAF Space”

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: “The Case for Conserving Disability”

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson: “Human Biodiversity Conservation: A Consensual Ethical Principle”

The Anti-Oppression Network: “Allyship”

Marvin Miller: “Building an ASL Community”

Ryan Commerson: “Re-Defining D-E-A-F”

W. Scot Atkins: “Exploring the Lived Experiences of Deaf Entrepreneurs and Business Owners”

Sheila Xu: “A Deaf Economy”

Mary Ager Caplan: “Social Investment and Mental Health: The Role of Social Enterprise”

Laurine Groux-Moreau: “Hearing Privilege in Deaf Space: When Academia Meets Activism”

Wanda Riddle: “Fallacy: Deaf as Economic Burden”

Dirksen Bauman: “On Becoming Hearing: Lessons in Limitations, Loss and Respect”

Robert Sirvage: “An Insight from DeafSpace”

Tom Humphries: “Constructs of Self and Others”

“USAID Feed the Future – Community Resilience: Conceptual Framework and Measurement”

Daniel Pink: “A Whole New Mind”

Tara J. Yosso: “Whose Culture Has Capital? A Critical Race Theory Discussion of Community Cultural Wealth”

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto: “What Eyes Reveal About the Brain”

Alison Mathie and Gord Cunningham: “From Clients to Citizens: Asset-Based Community Development as a Strategy for Community- Driven Development”

SIRCle Project: “Appreciative Inquiry”