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3:8 Monday, August 20, 2001

Kudos for Kitty Fischer's Story

Two leading journals recently published separate, rave reviews for Orchid of the Bayou: A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness, Catherine (Kitty) Hoffpauir Fischer’s story written by her with Cathryn Carroll, author of Clerc: The Story of His Early Years. Disability Studies Quarterly praises Orchid of the Bayou in its Spring 2001 issue as a “marvelous account” and the August 2001 issue of Silent News celebrates Kitty as “a buoyant personality, here for anyone who picks up this book.” Read the review for Disability Studies Quarterly and the review for Silent News in their entirety.

Kitty Fischer was born deaf, and during her college years at Gallaudet University, she learned that she had Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that causes both deafness and blindness. Undaunted, Kitty turned the discovery into an opportunity to explore her Cajun roots an the diverse life she has led since she left her home in the Louisiana bayou. Read Chapter 19, “Yes, I have Usher Syndrome” to learn more about how Kitty dealt with the challenges in her life, and order Orchid of the Bayou at a special savings of 20% off.

Easter Seals and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected Alandra’s Lilacs by Tressa Bowers and The Cry of the Gull by Emmanuelle Laborit for inclusion on the list of recommended books for AccessAbility @ your library, a new reading initiative designed for people of all ages – and abilities – to learn more about and celebrate the personal accomplishments of people with disabilities. “Alandra’s Lilacs is an engaging book that addresses the communication choices and issues related to raising a child who is deaf.” Read Chapter 2, Homecoming and order Alandra’s Lilacs. In The Cry of the Gull, discover how the author transforms “from a deaf child with virtually no access to meaningful language to a young woman honored with France’s prestigious Moliére award for best new acting talent.”  Read Chapter 2, The Story of the Sea Gull and order The Cry of the Gull.

The early bird registration deadline for the international conference “Dictionaries and the Standardization of Languages” on November 7–8, 2001 is steadily approaching. Register on-line for this seminal conference about the development of dictionaries in relation to signed languages at Dictionaries.gallaudet.edu by September 15 and receive a 13% discount.

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