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A Journey Into the Deaf-World Paperback – May 1, 1996
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is well written with good flow and gives insight to the Deaf perspective.
While not always an easy read, one must give credit to the authors for making what could have been a cumbersome text into a scholarly-yet-accessible book. Especially enjoyable are the examples of real-life situations that Deaf people encounter. For instance, when the sections on education are covered, "Journey" examines the different methods of attack used by various educational professionals over the years, effectively giving a well-rounded picture of the educational scene from the Deaf perspective. But when it gives a series of mock narratives of the typical experience of a Deaf child in each of these methods of teaching, the reader is able to experience what can only be described as true enlightenment.
Don't be intimidated by the book's thickness. If you have any tie to the Deaf-World,or even just a passing interest, "Journey" will take you for a fast-paced ride you'll not soon forget.
It has made me sensitive to this other language group and its rich history and culture. The intro to sign to oral education and all its associated parameters and issues was most enlightening, taking one right up to current mainstreaming emphasis.
It is well written, organized, flows well and is just a delight to read. Certainly this is a major resource to understand this neglected and misunderstood group of fascinating humans. This book certainly will raise one's consciousness and passion for this in many cases neglected area of our society.
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