My thoughts on this are somewhat jumbled. I admit I've never understood this whole "deaf culture" thing, and in fact the deaf often seem to have a real chip on their shoulder regarding those of us who can hear.
I used to live on a Gallaudet Drive (although not in DC), across the street from a school for the deaf. A close friend was learning sign language and volunteered to help the students at the school--field trips, things like that. He said it was brutal what those students would try to get away with regarding those who weren't fluent in ASL.
I've read about deaf parents not wanting their children to have cochlear implants (or other technologies) because hearing would take the child out of "deaf culture". I know they value their culture, but they shouldn't be surprised when the rest of us view their condition as a disability. That doesn't make them terrible people, it just means that they can't do something most people on the planet can do--they can't hear. To deprive a child of hearing because of your culture--well, seems selfish to me. I certainly wouldn't entertain having government force them to accede to the surgery, but neither do I celebrate their decision not to allow it.
So back to the story. These deaf students took over a college building because they don't like the fact that the new university president isn't "deaf enough". She didn't learn ASL until her 20s and they don't consider her fluent in the language. Apparently, only someone who's been steeped in the deaf culture since birth can effectively run this university.
These particular students are showing exactly the type of intolerance that I bet they accuse the hearing world of showing towards them.