Multiple Avenues for Deaf People

Edited by Doreen DeLuca, Irene W. Leigh, Kristin A. Lindgren, and Donna Jo Napoli

Imprint: Gallaudet University Press
Ebook : 9781563684272, 216 pages, September 2009
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Table of contents

Doreen DeLuca, Irene Leigh, Kristin Lindgren and Donna Jo Napoli
Part One: Assistive Technologies
1. Building New Ramps with Hearing Assistive Technology
Maggie Casteel
2. A Conversation with Al Sonnenstrahl: Focus on Telecommunications
3. Cochlear Implant
Robert C. O'Reilly, Amanda J. Mangiardi, and H. Timothy Bunnell
Part Two: Education and Literacy
4. Civil Rights Issues in Education
Jami N. Fisher and Philip J. Mattiacci
5. Inclusion and the Development of Deaf Identity
Michael Stinson
6. Deaf, Signing, and Oral: My Journey
Lisa Herbert
7. A Conversation with Grace Walker: Focus on Personal Experiences with a Cochlear
Part Three: Civil Rights
8. A Conversation with Christy Hennessey: Focus on the Workplace
9. A Conversation with Tony Saccente: Focus on HIV/AIDS Counseling
10. HIV/AIDs in the United States Deaf Community
Leila Monaghan
11. DPN and Civil Rights
Greg Hlibok

A companion volume to their previous study Signs and Voices, this collection addresses technological, institutional, and societal advances in access for deaf people.



The companion to Signs and Voices: Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts, this volume presents an accomplished group of contributors who address the major technological, institutional, and societal advances in access for deaf people, as well as the remaining hurdles. Part One: Assistive Technologies begins with Maggie Casteel’s description of the latest innovative hearing assistive technology. Al Sonnenstrahl discusses his career as a deaf engineer who segued into advocating for equal access in telecommunications. Robert C. O’Reilly, Amanda J. Mangiardi, and H. Timothy Bunnell outline the process of cochlear implantation in children.
Jami N. Fisher and Philip J. Mattiacci open Part Two: Education and Literacy by examining civil rights issues in education. Michael Stinson considers the conflict that inclusion creates in developing a deaf identity. Lisa Herbert discusses her identity as a signing deaf person who also has a cochlear implant. Grace Walker focuses on her experiences with a cochlear implant that eventually led her to stop using it.
In the final section, Part Three: Civil Rights, Christy Hennessey describes her work as an advocate and job placement counselor with deaf and hard of hearing people. Tony Saccente discusses HIV/AIDs counseling to the deaf gay community. Leila Monaghan follows by reviewing recent studies of deaf attitudes towards HIV/AIDs. Greg Hlibok concludes with his commentary on leading the Deaf President Now! movement and its subsequent effects on deaf civil rights.


Doreen DeLuca is an RID Certified Interpreter who works in the Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC, areas.
Irene W. Leigh is Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
Kristin A. Lindgren is a Visiting Lecturer in the Writing Program at Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.