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13:2 Friday, February 25, 2011

A Deaf Man’s Dream Transformed

Madan Vasishta’s New Memoir Describes How He as a Deaf Man From India Succeeded in America

In Deaf in Delhi, the fourth volume in the Deaf Lives series, Madan Vasishta recounts his life as a young boy in India, from his experiences in Delhi to his journey to America. “At the age of eleven when I was attending sixth grade and living in Gagret, a small village in northern India,” recalls Vasishta, “I was stricken with mumps and typhoid and became deaf overnight. I thought I had died and gone to hell. I had never met a deaf person in my short life and not being able to hear made me feel less than human. The school I was attending seemed to agree with me on this demotion and discharged me. The idea of a deaf person attending school just did not enter in anyone’s mind. That included me. That was in 1952.” But his positive attitude would not allow him to fail. Working hard, he rose from herding cattle to being a respected photographer in Delhi. Vasishta continues his life story in his new memoir, Deaf in DC.

“The story here begins with my arrival in Washington, DC, on September 14, 1967. I had about $43 in my pocket, two pairs of clothes, a pair of shoes, and the clothes on my back. I didn’t know anyone in the whole country and didn’t even have a letter of introduction. There was little or no hope in my mind of getting the bag containing all my worldly possessions—two suits, four shirts and four pairs of pants, underwear, and socks. A few gifts for people who might help me completed the contents of my small bag. It was all gone. My bag was still somewhere between India and the United States.” In Deaf in DC, the ninth volume of the Deaf Lives series, Vasishta describes his life as a student at Gallaudet University, his observations of American life, and his convoluted rise to become a professor at his alma mater.

Learn more about Madan Vasishta’s life experiences in this intriguing new memoir. Read chapter two, Arrival in America, and order Deaf in DC now. Use your exclusive subscriber discount and receive 20% off the regular price. For online orders, type “FEB2011” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the checkout button, or order your copy by mail.

“It can be hard to excel at writing when it’s hard to even speak the language. Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second Language Students to be Better Writers emphasizes the value of literacy and analyzing texts to understand [how] to become better writers.” So begins The Midwest Book Review’s commendatory review of this new teacher’s guide and student workbook duo by Sue Livingston. “Applying her own in depth experience, [Sue Livingston] presents ideas to help deaf and second language writers become more familiar with the language and excel at communicating through writing. Working Text is an invaluable resource for educators facing students with these handicaps and want to do everything they can for them to succeed.” Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers features carefully crafted exercises using the X-Word Grammar approach to help students discover common language constructions that they can apply to their own writing. It also includes both in print and on a special CD all of the exercises and appendices found in the Working Text: X-Word Grammar and Writing Activities for Students workbook. You can review the table of contents and read chapter one now. Order the Working Text teacher’s guide and the Working Text student workbook today.

Forging Deaf Education in Nineteenth-Century France offers the first translation of 19th-century Deaf French activist Ferdinand Berthier’s biographical sketches of the four men who influenced him most in shaping his beliefs about Deaf French education. “The idea of translating the biographies came to me as I was researching another project, an integrated history of the French language since the Renaissance,” remarked Professor Freeman G. Henry about this volume’s unusual genesis.

In a recent issue of SIGNews, a reviewer commented: “I would recommend this book to those who are interested in studying about the history of deaf education. It also can be used in deaf studies courses. The clarity of these translations will introduce a brand new audience to Berthier’s biographies shaped by his unswerving beliefs about deaf French education. If you do choose to read this book for whatever reasons, I am sure you will learn a lot from [it]. Do enjoy!” The full review is available online. Read more about this volume in the introduction, and order Forging Deaf Education in Nineteenth-Century France here.

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