Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Learning about the d/Deaf World

The public television documentary Through Deaf Eyes, a documentary of nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America (you can find the companion book in the library catalog), begins with the following true or false quiz:

All deaf people use sign language.
Sign language is universal.
Deaf people live in a silent world.
Having a deaf child is a tragedy.
All deaf people would like to be cured.

How would you answered? The correct answer to every one is "false".

Did you know that, in Deaf culture, "use of the lowercase d indicates what you are. deafness is a physical description...The use of the uppercase D indicates who you are. Deafness is an identity, a community, a culture, a mode of being"?  Or that ASL is not the only sign language?

 If you would like to learn more about the Deaf community, or explore the perspectives of deaf citizens with your children, here are some items from the library catalog to get you started!

Easy & Easy Reader

Enrique habla con sus manos por Benjamin Fudge [Spanish language]

Max Learns Sign Language by Adria F. Klein

Moses Goes to School by Isaac Millman

Dad and Me in the Morning by Patricia Lakin

J & YA

Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick

A World of Knowing: A Story about Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet by Andy Russell Bowen

Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris

Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller

Sign Language ABC by Lora Keller

Singing Hands by Delia Ray

General Interest

Through Deaf Eyes: A Photographic History of the American Deaf Community by Douglas Baynton, Jack Gannon, and Jean Lindquist Bergey

Shouting Won't Help: Why I - And 50 Million Other Americans - Can't Hear You by Katherine Bouton

The American Sign Language Phrase Book by Lou Fant and Barbara Bernstein Fant

No Walls of Stone: An Anthology of Literature by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers edited by Jill Jepson

Song Without Words: Discovering My Deafness Halfway Through Life by Gerald Shea

Seeing Voices: A Journey into the Land of the Deaf by Oliver Sacks

The Hammer [DVD]


Inside Deaf Culture

National Association of the Deaf

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