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Illuminating Education for Deaf Children

Renowned Experts Attempt to Illuminate
Salient Issues of Educational Interpreting

The current state of educational interpreting is flawed. According to Elizabeth Winston, editor of Educational Interpreting: How It Can Succeed, “Too many students are still being abused in classrooms that fail to provide adequate access to language, to education, and to a ‘normal’ least restricted environment. And too little research has been done to determine whether this practice of mainstreaming has any positive effects.”

Hence, Winston concedes in her introduction, “This book is a product of many long years of experience in, enlightenment about, frustration with, and hope for the education of deaf children. Several of the contributing authors began as interpreters in education. Most, like myself, have left the everyday work of educational interpreting in K–12 settings. But some hope is clear, even for the despair felt by many. All the authors have continued to search for answers, information, and documentation to illuminate the ongoing problems with interpreted educations. The lack of respect for interpreters in education, the disregard for language needs of deaf students, and the need to offer students schooling in their own districts at the expense of adequate services make up the rationale for this book.”

Divided into three parts—Deaf Students, Interpreting and Interpreters, and Improving Interpreted Education—this incisive book explores the current state of educational interpreting, why it fails, and how it can succeed by defining the knowledge and skills interpreters must have and developing standards of practice and assessment. Read more about this intriguing topic in chapter six, “Competencies of K–12 Educational Interpreters: What We Need versus What We Have”, and order Educational Interpreting at a savings of 20% off the regular price.

Add to the fun of learning American Sign Language (ASL) with The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book by Linda Lascelle Hillebrand. This unique workbook provides a variety of puzzles to help you learn, strengthen, or review your signing vocabulary. It was created as a companion to The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown. The puzzles are games, not tests, so you can feel free to use the dictionary whenever you are stuck on a sign.

Whether you are a new sign language student or have been signing for a long time, you will find puzzles to reinforce your knowledge of ASL. The puzzles are divided into three levels—easy, medium, and difficult. Within each level there are seven different kinds of puzzles—crossword puzzles, handshape order puzzles, matching games, word search puzzles, “which one doesn’t belong?” puzzles, and sign description puzzles. Try them all! Sometimes the easy ones will provide the break you need; other times you will be looking for the challenge of a difficult puzzle. The answers to all the puzzles are located at the back of the book.

Order The American Sign Language Handshape Puzzle Book, and the next time you are waiting at the doctor’s or dentist’s office, or are riding in a car, bus, train, or airplane, or you just want to take some time for yourself, do some puzzles. Not only are they instructive, they are fun!

Sweet Bells Jangled: Laura Redden Searing, A Deaf Poet Restored, edited by Judy Yaeger Jones and Jane E. Vallier, received critical favor from The Forum, The Journal of the Minnesota Independent Scholars’ Forum in its fall 2004 issue. Of Laura Redden Searing’s work of classic poetry, the reviewer writes, “Sweet Bells Jangled is a must-read for those concerned with the history of ASL and Deaf education. I would also commend this book to anyone interested in Civil War studies or in Women’s studies.” Read the full text of the review here. The literary journal Whistling Shade also praises Sweet Bells Jangled: “Sweet Bells Jangled is a fascinating read, enlightened by the capable scholarship of [Judy Yaeger] Jones and [Jane E.] Vallier.” Read the journal’s complete review. The fourth volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies series, Sweet Bells Jangled features more than 70 poems by Civil War poet Laura Redden Searing. At first writing under the pseudonym Howard Glyndon, this young deaf poet exploded onto the public scene with her patriotic poems. But her poetry was more than that, exploring every aspect of life during her time. Read an excerpt and order your copy.


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