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4:1 Monday, January 28, 2002

That Championship Season

Gallaudet's 1999 Women's
Basketball Team Makes a Statement

Since its earliest days, Gallaudet University has enjoyed a rich tradition of women's athletics. Therefore, the success of the women's basketball team in 1999 did not take the Gallaudet faithful completely by surprise. Their superb athletic ability won them the Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship and advanced them to the Sweet Sixteen rung of the NCAA Division III National tournament. Most tellingly, the Bisonettes demonstrated that deaf student athletes could compete with hearing colleges and win.

Wendy Tiefenbacher, then an adjunct professor in the Department of Television, Photography, and Educational Technology at Gallaudet University, was so impressed that she challenged her Gallaudet photography students to create Deaf Girls Rule: A Photographic Essay of the 1999 Champion Gallaudet University Women's Basketball Team. Tiefenbacher reveals what she discovered: ...deafness was no barrier to success on the court and this was a women's team to be reckoned with. She continues with: I am in awe of every deaf person who breaks the stereotype of handicap and shows such remarkable talent and perseverance in the hearing world.” 

Deaf Girls Rule is a visual celebration of the competition and excellence experienced by the women's basketball team during one outstanding season. These extraordinary images vividly capture the emotions of the players, the coaches, and the Gallaudet fans. View just a few of these beautiful photographs and take advantage of your exclusive 20% subscriber discount when you order Deaf Girls Rule.

John B. Christiansen and Irene W. Leigh's Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices has received a glowing endorsement from a highly respected professional in the field. Doug Lynch, Director, Marketing Communications at Advanced Bionics Corporation said, I applaud you (John B. Christiansen) and Dr. Leigh for writing an enlightening book that is a must read for anyone remotely interested in the topic of cochlear implantation. Your book clearly states that one of its objectives is to find a more common ground of understanding and appreciation for the issues. He continues with, It is a thought-provoking description of the changing cultural dynamics of deafness and cochlear implantation. Cochlear Implants in Children addresses the current state of the new technology and provides observations and recommendations for the parents of deaf children as well as the professionals who work with them. Read chapter 5, The Cochlear Implant Center, Surgery, and Short-Term Post-Implant Outcomes, and order Christiansen and Leigh's Cochlear Implants.

Recently, two of Gallaudet University Press's titles, Deaf American Literature: From Carnival to the Canon by Cynthia Peters and Special Education in the 21st Century: Issues of Inclusion and Reform edited by Margret A. Winzer and Kas Mazurek, were selected by CHOICE for inclusion in its 38th annual Outstanding Academic Title list. These titles were selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and for their value as important—often the first—treatment of a specific subject, applauds Irving E. Rockwood, CHOICE Editor and Publisher, ...truly the best of the best. Read CHOICE's reviews and order Deaf American Literature and Special Education in the 21st Century.

Past Outstanding Academic Title winners include David F. Armstrong's Original Signs: Gesture, Sign, and the Sources of Language and The Deaf Way: Perspectives from the International Conference on Deaf Culture edited by Carol J. Erting, Robert C. Johnson, Dorothy L. Smith, and Bruce D. Snider. About Original Signs CHOICE writes, Armstrong's historical analysis illustrates how the politics of social attitude has influenced scientific views about such questions as whether or not a signed language can be a real language in its own right...provid(es) insight into basic questions about the nature and evolution of language as a multimodal phenomenon–audio and visual in its essence. The Deaf Way documents an extraordinary moment in America's history when more than 6,000 deaf people from around the world met at Gallaudet University to celebrate Deaf culture. Order your copies of Original Signs and The Deaf Way today.


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