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A Network for Educating Kyler

Read About One Young, Deaf Woman’s First 22 Years

Building Bridges, Crossing Borders: One Young Deaf Woman’s Education is “the culmination of more than thirty-five years of experience in the field of Deaf education,” shares author Ann Darby Getty. “It explores a variety of hot-button topics, discussions, and dilemmas currently faced by parents of deaf children and the professionals who serve them. These issues are confronted as each comes into play in the life of Kyler Daniels, a young deaf woman who was born to hearing parents Bob and Ginny Daniels.” In Building Bridges, Crossing Borders, Kyler’s story unfolds from the time her profound hearing loss was identified at 12 months old to the present as a 23-year-old college graduate, professional artist, and veterinary assistant.

Getty points out that the title of the book “comes from the notion that all parents and all teachers want their children or students to gain the tools needed to build bridges. Such bridge-building tools include the ability to communicate, to learn, and to make decisions—in short, to chart one’s course.”

“In the case of Kyler, her challenge as a young deaf person growing up in a rural community with few deaf and/or hard of hearing peers or d/Deaf adult role models is explored, as well as her response to being among the first cadre of deaf children to receive a cochlear implant at the age of 3, a practice that is now commonplace.”

“Meet the Daniels Family,” and order Building Bridges, Crossing Borders at a 20% savings off the regular price. For online orders, type “MAY2014” in the box labeled “use promo code” next to the “checkout” button. You may also order by mail.

In Form, Meaning, and Focus in American Sign Language, Miako N. P. Rankin highlights the crucial interrelatedness of form and meaning at all levels in order to consider specific types of American Sign Language (ASL) expression. The current issue of Reference & Research Book News published a concise explication of this new study: “Rankin investigates the linguistic strategies that speakers of ASL use to express a meaning similar to that expressed when English speakers use the passive voice. In ASL as in other languages, various linguistic factors influence the level of focus with which entities are construed, she finds, and ASL has multiple mechanisms for achieving agent impersonalization, each resulting is a slightly different construal. Her research involved asking four native ASL speakers who were also fluent in English to translate passages in written English that contained passive constructions into ASL. She reports that the most common strategy was simply to leave the agent unexpressed, though other strategies were also used. Participants did not struggle, and were able to translate every passage easily.” Read more about Rankin’s groundbreaking research, and order Form, Meaning, and Focus in American Sign Language online or by mail.

A Publishers Weekly reviewer made this astute observation about Donna McDonald’s new memoir, The Art of Being Deaf: “[This is a] sensitive and thoughtful memoir ... Much of the book is devoted to McDonald’s conversations with people who had a significant role in her life, but she also includes a thoughtful layer informed by cultural portrayals in both fiction and nonfiction that are deftly interweaved with moments from her personal life. Although there are segments that will tug at a reader’s heart, this is no tearjerker; rather, it is a personal and informative look at ‘deaf lives as told by deaf people.’” Library Journal also took notice: “When a psychologist asked the author if her hearing loss had a big impact on her, McDonald resented the question but used it as a jumping-off point to reexamine her life, and where her deafness fit into her perception of it. Her personal recollections are fascinating and often stunningly vivid in visual imagery. [The Art of Being Deaf] will appeal to those interested in Deaf culture and disability awareness in general, as well as biography enthusiasts.” Read the prologue and chapter one now, and order your copy by mail or online.

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