A Journey Into the Deaf-World

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In this comprehensive and engrossing study, three distinguished scholars of Deaf culture—one hearing, one deaf, and one coda (child of deaf adults)—offer clear, penetrating insights into the existence and makeup of the deaf world, the community whose natural language—American Sign Language in the United States—is manual and visual. Bringing the latest social and cultural findings and theories into sharp focus, the authors take us on a fascinating journey to discover what deaf culture is; the benefits of signed language and deaf culture for deaf children and hearing people; how deaf children are now educated and how they could be; how deaf people integrate into the larger society; the nature of American Sign Language; how technology helps (and hurts) deaf people; what can be learned from deaf societies in other lands; the future of the deaf world. Combining thought-provoking intellectual perspectives with enlightening first-hand accounts of life in the deaf world, this landmark volume is vital for professionals working in fields involving deaf people and for those with an interest in deaf studies.

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A new language minority has come to the fore in America as around the world. It is the tight-knit society (some million strong in the U. S. ) that calls itself, in American Sign Language, the "Deaf-World". It has a history, a flourishing culture, and a political agenda. A Journey Into The Deaf-World is a compelling story of this much misunderstood minority as it struggles for self-determination. The book addresses questions such as: What is Deaf culture all about? How are Deaf children raised and educated? And how should they be? What do signed language and Deaf Culture have to offer the Deaf child -- and hearing people/ What can we learn from Deaf societies in other lands? How does technology help (and hinder) Deaf people? How do Deaf people integrate into the larger society? Rich in examples from the lives of Deaf people and a synthesis of the latest research findings concerning the deaf world, here is a must-read for professionals and students in such fields as audiology, speech-language pathology, medicine, education of the Deaf, school, rehabilitation & mental health counseling, psychology, interpreting, American Sign Language & Deaf studies, and anyone with a Deaf family member, friend, colleague, or acquaintance. -- Midwest Book Review

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