As an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor with a background in Deaf history and culture, I loved *Hands of My...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
As an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor with a background in Deaf history and culture, I loved *Hands of My Father*.
Myron was born to Deaf parents in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. As the oldest child of the family, he soon became appointed as the family's interpreter. While that might seem such a heavy burden, that was the way it was to hearing children of Deaf parents before the advent of interpreters, relay operators, teletypewriters, the ADA, etc.
While burdensome, there were rewards. He had close relationships with his parents as well as exposure to how life operated or how it really was. While burdensome, he was defensive of his Deaf parents against the teachers, the doctors and the neighbors. In addition, he soon learned that his parents weren't ignorant of how other people perceived them...they just learned to ignore them.
Myron was then given an additional burden when his younger brother, Irwin, suffered seizures. Initially, he became resentful but soon learned to love and defend him. And the two bonded like any other brothers.
Myron's poignant memoir recounted his memories with his beloved father, who was always proud of his first-born. He took him to work at the newspaper printing station to show off to his Deaf co-workers. They shared a love of boxing and baseball. Myron's father didn't let his deafness limit him in life. He made sure that he was in control of situations and how he made the best of them.
And boy, you just better be prepared to cry towards the end. Myron truly loved his parents.
Myron's memoir joins other memoirs of hearing children who grew up with Deaf parents before the 1960's. These children grew up "fast" in order to assume the role of an interpreter for their parents and the real world. Some grew up resentful and have forsaken the Deaf communities. Others learned the necessity of this unusual role and have grown to accept this. Myron didn't resent his role but did wondered about his place in life. I am curious to see memoirs of hearing children who grew up with Deaf parents, along with TTY's, Relay, interpreters and the like. I am sure we will see a significant difference of perceptions.
I'm bummed because I've just recently learned that Myron Uhlberg was recently at Gallaudet University, the world's only liberal arts Deaf university and I live only 10 minutes away. I truly wished I had the chance to meet him. (less)
This book is filled with different articles that addresses different aspects of the Deaf-World. Such topics that...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
This book is filled with different articles that addresses different aspects of the Deaf-World. Such topics that addressed are hearing loss, American Sign Language, interpreting, humor, history and the like.
While I found this book to be helpful for wanting to learn about the Deaf community, I was a little bothered the choice to open up with a pathological viewpoint. I guess the editor felt that it was a good start as any except that it's a conflict. The Deaf community does not view itself as a disabled minority but rather a linguistic minority. The book opens with hearing losses/degrees and audiology. Therefore, a reader would read with the mindset that the Deaf people are constantly "haunted" by their lack of a sense, when they are not.
Other than that, I found the other articles to be beneficial for ASL and Interpreting students. In fact, there are information in this book that are rarely found in other introductory textbooks. (less)
Wow! All I can say is that I enjoyed reading Plann's *Spanish National Deaf School* because it contained historic...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Wow! All I can say is that I enjoyed reading Plann's *Spanish National Deaf School* because it contained historical tidbits of the Deaf Spaniards during the 19th century. Students, researchers, instructors and other professionals of Deaf studies, history and culture need to feast their eyes on this book. This will make a wonderful collection to their library.
When Deaf history is covered, Deaf people and their allies in America, France and sometimes, England are discussed. However, there is little or no mentions of Deaf Spanairds and their allies. It could be perhaps that little is known of the Deaf Spaniards or scholars feel that their contributions are not worthy of discussion
Plann researched on the Spanish National Deaf School during the years of 1805 to 1899. Just as similar to the American School for the Deaf and their first Deaf teacher, Laurent Clerc, the Spanish School also had their first Deaf teacher, Roberto Francisco Prádez y Gautier, even though he taught art.
While the Spanish Deaf School was a huge milestone in Spain's history, the school was ran by administrators who thought little of the Deaf students. In addition, the school was in dismal conditions. Nonetheless, the Deaf students survive the institution throughout the years. The school had additional problems of its own, such as sexism and abuse, requiring governmental investigations.
At the same time, the teachers and students were well aware of notables in Deaf education in other countries. They frequently read, and sometimes plagiarize, works from Abbe Charles-Michel de l'Epee, Abbe Ambrose Sicard, John Braidwood, Samuel Heinicke, Rev. Thomas H. Gallaudet, Laurent Clerc, Helen Keller and many more. However, there is no mention if these people were also aware of Gallaudet University (then called National College for the Deaf and Dumb) which was established in 1864.
The Spanish National Deaf School is just like any other Deaf schools in the world. It had its own share of dark secrets and successes, including their own famous Deaf-Blind student, Martin de Martin y Ruiz.
Plann did a superb job by sharing her historical research of the Deaf Spaniards and their allies during the 19th century. Simply invaluable! (less)
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond Lucza...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
The first thing I did when I got this book was making a beeline to my story that I had submitted to Raymond Luczak, the editor of *Eyes of Desire 2*. You should see the big smile I had on my face.
I vividly remember when a friend introduced me to the first *Eyes of Desire*. I was entranced because there was a book on Deaf GLBT's, telling about their lives and experiences. Plus, I knew some of the people featured in the book.
After more than a decade had passed, Luczak decided to do "part 2". However, this time, he would include people from a diverse background: gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangenders, intersexes, racial minorities, internationals, Wiccans and many more. I was honored to have been asked to submit a piece about my life as a Deaf Gay Hispanic man.
*Eyes of Desires 2* is a wonderful anthology of Deaf GLBT's from around the world. People in this book have written about love, coming out, identity (gay and/or Deaf), transitions, frustration, abuse, family, acceptance, language, and many more. Some of them are relatable and others are unique and fascinating.
*Eyes of Desire* (1 & 2) is a labor of love of Luczak's. Without him, none of this would have been possible. So, I truly admire Luczak for making *Eyes of Desire* a reality...for Deaf GLBT's, once again, have a voice to share about their lives. (less)
Padden & Humphries, husband & wife, both wrote a wonderful book that is much needed in terms of how Deaf...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Padden & Humphries, husband & wife, both wrote a wonderful book that is much needed in terms of how Deaf Culture was or what it looked like in the days of the past. To me, "Inside Deaf Culture" is a follow-up from their previous book, "Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture". The difference is the latter is introductory by explaining different aspects of what Deaf culture is. The former contains selected pieces of Deaf history or rather, incidents and circumstances where the authors explain or pinpoint where some aspects of the Deaf culture originated.
For me, the most interesting parts of this book were the incidents occurring inside the Deaf residential schools. For most of us who are familiar with Deaf history, we know that the American School for the Deaf (Hartford, Connecticut) was the first permanent Deaf school and was established by Thomas H. Gallaudet, Laurent Clerc and Dr. Mason Cogswell. We also know that the Kentucky School for the Deaf was the first state-supported Deaf school. However, for many of us, we don't know what happened in the schools, whether they be good or bad.
Padden & Humphries bring light to some of the Deaf schools' darkest secrets. In addition, they also shed light to segregation between the Black and White Deaf residential schools. They don't stop there. They continue with voice, oralism, employment, theatre, American Sign Language (ASL) and of course, culture.
*Inside Deaf Culture* is an excellent book that is highly recommended for those in the Deaf-related fields. This book is also easy reading for those who are not knowledgeable of the Deaf community.(less)