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New Collection Highlights Technological, Institutional, and Societal Advances for Deaf People

Although the past half-century has seen major developments and attitude shifts—at the technological, institutional, societal, and personal levels—that have improved the lives of deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf people, there remain hurdles for deaf people to jump if they are to have full access to the rights and privileges enjoyed by the larger hearing society. What’s more, there remain hurdles for hearing people to jump if they are to respond to the need for equal access of all members of society. The essays in Access: Multiple Avenues for Deaf People edited by Doreen DeLuca, Irene W. Leigh, Kristin A. Lindgren, and Donna Jo Napoli address some of the practical and theoretical issues and advances in three major areas of access: assistive technologies, education, and civil rights.

“[T]he essays outline what is presently available and effective,” note the editors, “and what is still lacking or ineffective in the area of access. They give both personal and professional viewpoints with an eye toward informing the reader regarding choices that must be made on the individual level as well as on the societal level.”

Part One introduces us to the latest innovative hearing assistive technology, all aspects of telecommunications, and the process of cochlear implantation in children. Part Two explores approaches to educating deaf children, offering both research-based analyses and accounts of personal experience. Part Three consists of essays and conversations that address the civil rights of d/Deaf people in the workplace, in settings where they receive education about and treatment for HIV/AIDS, and in telecommunications.

Order Access online or by mail at a special savings of 20%. When ordering online, type “SEP2008” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button.”

The August issue of Wisconsin Bookwatch, an official newsletter of The Midwest Book Review, states this about Linda Komesaroff’s Disabling Pedagogy: Power, Politics, and Deaf Education: “Deafness is all too common in children, but deaf children are perfectly capable of being fully productive members of society, provided they get as high a quality of education as their hearing peers. ‘Disabling Pedagogy: Power, Politics, and Deaf Education’ is a look at deaf education and the power and politics behind it. Examining today’s current situations and suggesting improved models to follow with some instances of combining deaf children’s education with hearing children’s education, ‘Disabling Pedagogy’ is a thorough and scholarly guide on the subject, and a top pick for social issues discussions regarding issues of the deaf.” Both the table of contents and chapter three, Curriculum of the Hearing University, are available online. Order Disabling Pedagogy here.

Lawrence Siegel’s The Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children garnered the following acclaim from Reference & Research Book News: “Siegel, a special education attorney and founder and director of the National Deaf Education Project, believes the right to communication and language is part of the individual’s right to liberty and argues eloquently here for enforcement of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. He thoroughly examines the reasoning behind the Court’s decision and the real meaning of ‘free speech.’ He offers legal and constitutional strategies for change in interpretation of current policy and legislation that will support the right of all to receive and transmit information.” In The Human Right to Language, Lawrence Siegel proposes that the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution guarantee deaf and hard of hearing children the right to full communication and access in the classroom, and should be enforced. View the table of contents, read chapter two, The Importance of Communication and Language, and order The Human Right to Language.

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