Nov 28


From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha’s Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness. In stark contrast to the experience of most deaf people in our own society, the Vineyarders who were born deaf were so thoroughly integrated into the daily life of the community that they were not seen–and did not see themselves–as handicapped or as a group apart. Deaf people were included in all aspects of life, such as town…

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Oct 10


Everyone is talking about signing with infants. Sign to Learn is the first complete introduction to appropriate sign language curriculum for young hearing preschoolers. In this unique resource, teachers will learn how to integrate American Sign Language (ASL) into their classrooms to enhance academic, social, and emotional development, as well as to introduce children respectfully to deaf culture. Appendixes include a thorough ASL illustration index, sample letters to families, and a resource li…

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Sep 23


In this work, Sacks explores all facets of the deaf world–he meets with deaf people and their families and visits schools for the deaf, spending a good deal of time at Gallaudet University. As he writes, “I had now to see them in a new, ‘ethnic light,’ as people with a distinctive language, sensibility, and culture of their own.”

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Aug 24


In this absorbing story of the changing life of a community, the authors of Deaf in America reveal historical events and forces that have shaped the ways that Deaf people define themselves today. Inside Deaf Culture relates Deaf people’s search for a voice of their own, and their proud self-discovery and self-description as a flourishing culture. Padden and Humphries show how the nineteenth-century schools for the deaf, with their denigration of sign language and their insistence on oralis…

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Aug 18


Studies show that young children who learn sign language are well prepared to acquire future language and literacy skills. Sign language provides a good foundation for language skills and an additional avenue of communication for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Infants and toddlers often become frustrated when trying to communicate their needs. Sign language allows them to communicate their needs without words, reducing frustration. Written for teachers of hearing children from birth…

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