HomePage
Gallaudet University Press

8:2 Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Traveling a Different Path

A Young Boy Journeys from India to America
in the Fourth Volume in the Deaf Lives Series

“In the early morning hours of January 5, 1952,” reminisces Madan Vasishta, author of Deaf in Delhi: A Memoir, “my life changed forevermore.” It was at that time that an 11-year-old Vasishta, who had been sick with the mumps and typhoid fever for two weeks, became deaf. After waking suddenly during the middle of the night, he called out to his mother. When she didn’t come right away, he called again. Finally, she arrived. She lit a lamp and walked toward while him talking, but he heard no sound. Vasishta recalls this life-altering moment: “‘Why are you not using your voice?’ I began screaming. My mother, her face bewildered, kept moving her lips without using any voice. My heart pounded and my head hurt. My hands found my face and I felt it wet with tears. Suddenly, I understood.”

Deaf in Delhi, the fourth volume in the Deaf Lives series, recounts the life of Madan Vasishta as a young boy in India, from his experiences in Delhi to his journey to America. You can read more about Vasishta’s life experiences in chapter 4 “Other Cures,” and order Deaf in Delhi online now. By typing “FEB0620%” in the box marked “Comments or Special Instructions” below your credit card information, you’ll be sure to receive your exclusive 20% subscriber discount. You may also order by mail.


Traditionally, education of the deaf has been separate from general education and even from what has been considered special education. The primary focus in many deaf education programs has been the development of articulate speech and of English skills, predominantly through the spoken word but also to some extent through reading and writing. In Deaf Learners: Developments in Curriculum and Instruction, 17 renowned international scholars address common issues and realities that deaf children, their parents, and the professionals serving them must face in improving educational services and outcomes. Among these realities are the facts that most deaf children have the intellectual potential for high achievement but usually start the educational process without mastery over either a spoken or signed language. Read more about this groundbreaking collection from the editors, Donald F. Moores and David S. Martin, in the overview, and order Deaf Learners today.


The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education applauds Gina A. Oliva’s Alone in the Mainstream: A Deaf Woman Remembers Public School: “It  highlights for parents, educators, and Deaf people important personal perspectives and the satisfaction that can be embodied in developing and living a ‘Deaf life,’ while being effectively engaged in a largely hearing world.” The full review is available online. In the inaugural volume that launched the Deaf Lives series, author Gina A. Oliva combines her personal experiences with a survey of deaf and hard of hearing former public school students to describe what it was like to be the only deaf pupil in the school. Matching her findings from the project with current research on deaf students in public schools, Oliva confirmed that hearing teachers are ill-prepared to teach deaf pupils, they don’t know much about hearing loss, and they frequently underestimate deaf children. Read chapter 1 “Beginnings”, and order Alone in the Mainstream.


Just visiting? Subscribe now to the Gallaudet University Press E-newsletter and receive exclusive updates, book excerpts, and discounts...absolutely free.

Read previous Gallaudet University Press E-newsletters:

March 2001
April 2001
May 2001
June 2001
July 2001
August 2001
September 2001
October 2001
November 2001
December 2001
January 2002
February 2002
March 2002
April 2002
May 2002
June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002

November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004

July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006

Spring 2006 Catalog


HomePage

Contact the webmaster at gupress@gallaudet.edu

Copyright 1999-2006 Gallaudet University. All rights reserved.