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I Fill This Small Space
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Lawrence Newman became deaf at the age of five in 1930, and saw his father fight back tears knowing that his son would never hear again. The next time he saw his father cry was in 1978, when Newman received an honorary doctorate from Gallaudet University, his alma mater. Newman was recognized for his achievements as a life-long advocate for deaf education, including receiving California’s Teacher of the Year award in 1968. Perhaps his greatest influence, however, stemmed from his many articles and columns that appeared in various publications, the best of which are featured in I Fill This Small Space: The Writings of a Deaf Activist. Editor David Kurs has organized Newman’s writings around his passions — deaf education, communication and language, miscellaneous columns and poems on Deaf life, and humorous insights on his activism. His articles excel both as seamless arguments supporting his positions and as windows on the historical conflicts that he fought: against the Least Restrictive Environment in favor of residential deaf schools; for sign language, Total Communication, and bilingual education; and as a deaf teacher addressing parents of deaf children. A gifted writer in all genres, Newman amuses with ease (“On Mini and Midi-Skirts”), and moves readers with his heartfelt verse (“Girl with a Whirligig”). Newman ranges wide in his ability, but he always maintains his focus on equal tights for deaf people, as he demonstrates in his title poem “I Fill This Small Space:” I fill this small space, this time Who is to say yours is better Than mine or mine yours

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. The Ballet of the Hands
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. The Odyssey of a Deaf Activist: An Introduction by Lawrence Newman
  2. pp. 3-5
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  1. From the Small Space: A Biography of Lawrence Newman
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. Part One - ON DEAF EDUCATION
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. Perspectives—The Most Restrictive Environment
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. Considerations to Consider about the Least Restrictive Environment
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. Current and Future Trends in the Education of the Hearing Impaired4
  2. pp. 29-38
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  1. Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. On Teaching Standards and Certification
  2. p. 43
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  1. Teacher Training19
  2. pp. 44-49
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  1. On Bilingual Education
  2. p. 51
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  1. Bilingual Education
  2. pp. 52-55
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  1. The Bilingual and Bicultural Approach
  2. pp. 56-60
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  1. On the Residential School
  2. p. 61
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  1. The Role of the Residential School in the Educational Well-Being of Deaf Children
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. On the Future of Deaf Education
  2. p. 67
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  1. Deaf Leadership in Education—Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 68-71
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  1. Inviting Educational Success:A Self-Concept Approach to Teaching and Learning
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. Part Two - ON SHARED MESSAGES—COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGES
  2. p. 75
  1. See! See! See! See!
  2. pp. 76-78
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  1. Reaction to See! See! See! See! Article
  2. pp. 79-85
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  1. For Thine Is the Power and the Glory . . .
  2. pp. 86-88
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  1. Of Language, Speech, Speech Reading, Manual Communication
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. On the John Tracy Clinic
  2. pp. 93-100
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  1. Total Communication
  2. pp. 101-105
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  1. Talk at Registry of Interpreters Workshop
  2. pp. 106-109
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  1. The Medium Is the Message
  2. pp. 110-113
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  1. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee
  2. pp. 114-119
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  1. Part Three - ON PARENTING DEAF CHILDREN—COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION, RELATIONSHIPS, AND EXPERIENCES
  2. p. 121
  1. Cherry Blossoms Come to Bloom
  2. pp. 122-129
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  1. Can You Hear It, My Daughter?
  2. p. 130
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  1. Girl with a Whirligig
  2. p. 131
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  1. The Best Gift—The Gift of Yourself
  2. pp. 132-134
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  1. A Talk Before Parents
  2. pp. 135-139
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  1. Panel Talk—Viewpoints of a Deaf Teacher of the Deaf,Sacramento—May 2, 1970
  2. pp. 140-145
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  1. IPO Resolution
  2. pp. 146-150
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  1. I Was in Your House—To MDG
  2. p. 151
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  1. Dinner Talk at San Diego, California
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. Talks Before Parent Groups
  2. pp. 158-162
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  1. On Reading Once Again
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. A Total Communication Family
  2. pp. 167-171
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  1. President’s Remarks
  2. pp. 172-175
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  1. President’s Corner: A Deaf Child in a Hearing Family
  2. pp. 176-178
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  1. Part Four - ON A MIXED BAG—COLUMNS AND POETRY ON (A) Deaf LIFE
  2. pp. 179-180
  1. Recreation and Entertainment: Yesterday—Today—Tomorrow
  2. pp. 181-185
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  1. Our Public Image
  2. pp. 186-189
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  1. Who Represents Whom
  2. pp. 190-194
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  1. The President’s Corner
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. President’s Corner
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. The President’s Corner
  2. pp. 200-202
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  1. Poems
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  1. Lady with Mandolin
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  1. To Bernard Bragg
  2. pp. 205-206
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  1. The Arid Desert
  2. p. 207
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  1. My Four Senses
  2. pp. 208-210
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  1. I Searched
  2. p. 211
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  1. Times Past
  2. p. 213
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  1. The Big “If”
  2. p. 213
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  1. I Fill This Small Space
  2. p. 214
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  1. Black and White
  2. p. 215
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  1. Hard of Hearing
  2. p. 216
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  1. The Cave Man
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  1. To Err Is Human
  2. p. 218
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  1. Untitled—1948
  2. p. 219
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  1. Part Five - ON THE LIGHT SIDE—HUMOROUS APPROACHES TO DEAF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
  2. p. 221
  1. Reality Is Sometimes Funnier than Fiction
  2. pp. 222-225
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  1. A Brave New World
  2. pp. 226-228
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  1. On Mini- and Midi-skirts
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. My Hernia Operation
  2. pp. 231-233
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  1. An Encounter Group
  2. pp. 234-236
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  1. Gestalt Learning
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. President’s Corner
  2. pp. 245-247
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  1. The Violins
  2. pp. 248-251
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