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Understanding the Language of the Deaf World by Maureen O'Grady Hynes
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May 06, 2008

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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.

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