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2:6 Wednesday, June 7, 2000

An essential volume for all concerned with the legal rights and services for people with hearing loss.

---Self Help for the Hard of Hearing

The past ten years have been a time of remarkable progress in legislative efforts to protect the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people as well as all individuals with physical challenges. On the heels of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, advocates have secured passage of several new laws that not only combat discrimination but also guarantee access to public and private resources. Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People explains in easy-to-understand language precisely how these new statutes and procedures are implemented, offering an accessible reference guide to all interested parties.

Written and compiled by The National Association of the Deaf, the fifth edition of Legal Rights includes complete information on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, new laws for hearing-aid-compatible telephones, and the new Rehabilitation Act regulations that ensure access to information technology. Recent additions to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are described, as are the ways public schools can meet new acoustical standards for classrooms.

Read Chapter Eleven: Telephones, or, exclusive to you our newsletter subscribers, read an excerpt from Chapter Nine: The Legal System, describing specific cases in which deaf people have successfully sued the government in order to ensure competent interpreters are provided in court. Newsletter subscribers can order Legal Rights at 20% off the regular price.

Several Press authors will be attending the Fourth International Conference on Deaf History, June 27-30 at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center. Robert Buchanan, Jack Gannon, Harry Lang, and John Vickrey Van Cleve will be moderating and participating in discussions on the new themes driving the study of Deaf History. For more information, follow the link to the conference website, or, review the Press's complete list of titles in Deaf History.

Lang and Van Cleve will also be in attendance at the American Deaf Community: Diversity and Change conference Saturday, July 1st at the GUKCC. Press authors John Christiansen and Irene Leigh will join them among others in discussing how the deaf community has changed in the past quarter century with regard to five subjects: technology, cochlear implants, education, genetics, and diversity. You can write the Center for Continuing Education at Gallaudet University for more information on the conference.

The editors of Sign Language Studies are busy preparing for the journal's reintroduction this Fall and are pleased to announce the contents of the first two issues. Volume 1: Issue1 will feature an appreciation of the founder of SLS, William Stokoe, as well as articles on the origins of the American Deaf community and young children's acquisition of Amercian Sign Language. Volume 1: Issue 2 will include several articles on English and ASL bilingualism as well as a review of Danielle Bouvet's much ballyhooed Le corps et la metaphore dans les langues gestuelle (The body and metaphor in gestural languages). The special prepublication discount of 20% off the regular subscription rate is still available; order Sign Language Studies now.

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