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Interview with the Editor

Donald F. Moores
Editor, American Annals of the Deaf
Coeditor, Educational and Developmental Aspects of Deafness

GUPress: How long have you been the editor for the Annals?

Dr. Moores: I have been editor since 1990.

GUPress: Deaf education has undergone significant changes in the last forty years, but has the shift from residential schooling to mainstreaming to inclusion affected actual student performance indicators and outcomes? Are deaf students better prepared now for postsecondary education and the real world than they were forty years ago?

Dr. Moores: I believe that deaf students today ARE better prepared now for postsecondary education and the world than they were forty years ago, but I do not think we can attribute the improvement to changes in school placement, per se. There have been significant advances in technology, especially in the last decade, and our teachers are better prepared. Students have several placement options available as well as access to different communication forms in the classroom. In the past, some of the residential and day school center programs did not offer a curriculum up to the standards of the regular public school curriculum, but this has changed with new federal requirements.

Forty years ago the only postsecondary options for a deaf student were Gallaudet or enrollment in a hearing university without support. The world has opened up and the result has been a growing number of deaf lawyers, business people, physicians, university professors, CPAs, etc.

We still have tremendous challenges in educating deaf children, but I am optimistic about the future.

GUPress: What criteria do you use to select manuscripts for the Annals?

Dr. Moores: We have about twenty-five professionals who review manuscripts for the Annals. When we receive a manuscript it is sent to two reviewers, without the author identification, who have a background in the area covered by the manuscript. The reviewers have a form to follow. After they make their recommendations, it is my responsibility to communicate with the authors. For manuscripts that are published we usually work through one or two revisions. In a typical year we received about 75 to 80 manuscripts and publish about 30.

GUPress: Do the writers published in the Annals reflect the various education placements available to deaf students?

Dr. Moores: Most of the writers are university based. A smaller number of writers are school based. About 25% of the manuscripts we receive are from other countries. There appear to be no differences in the topics addressed.

GUPress: What kinds of articles would you like to publish in the future? Are there particular topics that have not been covered that you believe should be addressed in the Annals?

Dr. Moores: The Annals is designed to provide a balance between research and practice. We receive a substantial number of research based manuscripts and are always encouraging submission of material related to application of knowledge to the classroom. This is especially important now with the federal mandates for access to the general curriculum and SUCCESS in the general curriculum. We particularly welcome manuscripts addressing content areas such as math, science, literature, and social studies.

6:9 Tuesday, September 28, 2004

“A Moving and Loving Memoir”

In Deaf Hearing Boy: A Memoir, the second volume in the Deaf Lives series, author R. H. Miller recounts the complex dynamics at work in his family, including the generational conflicts in which he found himself caught in the middle. “This story follows my years with my Deaf parents from my birth in 1938 until my departure for college in 1956, with a final chapter by way of bringing to a close my long association with them over their eighty-plus years of life,” begins Miller in his introduction. “I hope it will help my daughters understand what my early life was like as they come to know better the unusual relationship that existed between me and my parents, my parents and their grandparents, and me and my grandparents. I hope, too, that, in some small way, my experiences will assist students of the Deaf community so they can understand more clearly the tensions that exist between Deaf parents and their Hearing children and so they in turn will be better able to recognize the special needs of these children and their parents.”

Just published, Deaf Hearing Boy already has garnered the following acclaim from Louisville, Kentucky’s The Courier-Journal: “In the course of this history, Miller tells a touching story about his own coming-of-age, and corrects many of our misconceptions — for one, deaf parents rarely have deaf children (this one, his grandparents worried over ceaselessly)....Miller has written a moving and loving memoir. The book is a testament to the parents who, while deaf, instilled in him a love of language and an empathetic heart.” You can read the review in its entirety here.

Also, read part of Miller’s compelling account as the oldest of four hearing boys born to deaf parents in chapter seven, “A New Life”, and take advantage of your exclusive subscriber discount when you order Deaf Hearing Boy.

Studies in Second Language Acquisition, a Cambridge University Press journal, features a ringing endorsement of Turn-Taking, Fingerspelling, and Contact in Signed Languages, edited by Ceil Lucas. “The Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series published by Gallaudet University Press is, first and foremost, the leading collection of published work dealing explicitly with sociolinguistic issues in Deaf communities around the world,” writes Timothy Reagan of University of Connecticut. “This volume....carries on the impressive tradition of the earlier works in the series.” His final words are, “This is a timely and significant work, and one that deserves a substantial reading audience.” The full review is available online.

In the eighth volume in the series, a diverse group of scholars measure the influence on deaf groups already familiar with bilingual education of recent worldwide, Deaf sociopolitical movements advocating signed languages. Read more about Turn-Taking, Fingerspelling, and Contact in Signed Languages in part three, “Discourse Analysis”, and place your order here.

The date for the fourth Gallaudet University Press Institute international conference, Narrating Deaf Lives: Biography, Autobiography, and Documentary, is fast approaching. To be held on November 3-5, 2004 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., the keynote speakers will be Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind, Emmanuelle Laborit, actor and author of The Cry of the Gull, and Larry Hott, director of the documentary film History Through Deaf Eyes. You can register on-line now. For more information about the conference, go to http://gupress.gallaudet.edu/gupiconference/index.html or contact Wendy Grande at wendy.grande@gallaudet.edu.


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