Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Video Relay Interpreter or Witness for the
An Interpreter Finds Murder in the Deaf
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In Secret Signs,
Gallaudet University Press’s first murder mystery, Amy Kellen, a video relay
service (VRS) interpreter for deaf clients witnesses a murder on her monitor
that plunges her into an ethical dilemma and mortal peril.
Author T.J. Waters wastes no time introducing Amy to instant danger.
While interpreting for Harold Kensington, a deaf political
strategist, Amy at first thinks she’s seeing an ordinary domestic scene:
A white-faced German shepherd walked into view behind Harold
Kensington. He reached down to pet the animal, but missed.
“Hey, Champ. How you doing?” Kensington said. “How was the
groomer’s today, huh? Geez, you look terrible, buddy.” Kensington
turned back to the camera and resumed talking. Without warning,
the German shepherd suddenly jumped up and clamped its teeth on
Kensington’s throat. The old man jumped in surprise. His eyes widened
in panic as he fell onto the floor.
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“Oh my God!” Amy yelled.
Kensington thrashed around, his office chair slipping away on its
rollers. He knocked aside a small tray, sending coffee and a pastry
flying out of sight. He grabbed handfuls of fur, pulling furiously on
the dog, but to no avail. He punched the animal several times, but
because he was lying on his back, his strikes were glancing at best. The
dog pulled him to one side. Kensington’s left arm was too close for an
effective punch, the right arm too far away. He flailed wildly, unable
to get his legs underneath him to stand up. The dog was too strong.
She was transfixed, frozen in horror. Her muscles refused to act.
As Kensington grew tired, the dog moved again, and was now standing on
his chest. His jaws were still locked tight on the old man’s throat. His
fur stood on end as his claws ripped into the expensive fabric of Harold
“Oh my God! Stop! Stop!” Amy yelled again as she pounded her fists
on the screen. She hopped out of the chair and put her face only inches
from the monitor. She reached for the phone but stopped.
Could she legally cut off the connection herself? She looked back
to the monitor and started again for the phone, only to stop again.
Amy sobbed as her hands covered her face. She didn’t know what to
do. She didn’t know how to help. How could she just sit there and do
nothing? There must be some way to stop this animal.
Amy pulled off her headset and let it drop to the ground as she stared
up at the ceiling.
“Somebody help me!” she screamed.
Quartararo’s work in
and Social Images in Nineteenth-Century France was very well-received in a
review from H-Net:
Humanities and Social Sciences Reviews Online: “Quartararo is to be
congratulated for producing an interesting and illuminating insight into the
development of deaf identity in France. Not only does she provide a detailed
picture of the factors that influenced this development, but she also shows
the way a number of external factors that have not been previously considered
had major impacts. The changing attitudes of revolutionary and republican
governments and the restored monarchy all played major roles in the education
provided for deaf people. These in turn affected the development of deaf
political activism and identity as responses to the conditions deaf people
found themselves subjected to and their disadvantaged and discriminated position
within wider French society.”
“In writing this book, Quartararo also
underlines the important but somewhat neglected contribution deaf people in
France have played in the emergence of a broader conception of deaf identity
that crosses artificially constructed national and political boundaries and
that focuses more on shared deafness and all that this brings with it in terms
of shared outlooks and experiences. This is a fascinating book that will be
of interest to everyone interested in deaf education, disability politics,
community formation, and a wide range of other disciplines.” Read more about
“Molding a Deaf
Identity: Deaf Leaders, Banquets, and Community Rituals, 1830 to 1880”,
Deaf Identity and Social Images in Nineteenth-Century France.
Stories to Read and Sign, written by renowned linguistics professor and
author Donna Jo Napoli and certified interpreter Doreen DeLuca, takes a fun,
readers, deaf and hearing, improve their comprehension of both English
and American Sign Language (ASL). Also available is the
Stories to Read and Sign Companion DVD. A reviewer with
newspaper for the signing community, has nothing but kind words for this
bilingual primer, stating: “[Handy Stories to Read and Sign] is [a]
good opportunity for beginning readers. My five- and six-year-old boys love
this book. It is easy for them to see both ASL being illustrated and English
being printed in this book. They got the opportunity to receive both languages
from one book. My mother has 30+ years of experience in [the] education field
and said that this book is great. I would recommend this book to anyone who
uses sign language. To those who know sign language and want to read this book
to a child who can read, that I would recommend. Kudos to Napoli, DeLuca, and
Klusza. You all did a fantastic job!” View a sample
from the Handy Stories to Read and Sign Companion DVD, and order the
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