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Multiple Avenues for Deaf People

Doreen DeLuca, Irene W. Leigh, Kristen A. Lindgren, and Donna Jo Napoli, Editors

Publication Year: 2008

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.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xix

The past half-century has seen major developments and attitude shifts—at the technological, institutional, societal, and personal levels— that have improved the lives of deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf people. Nevertheless, there remain hurdles for deaf people to jump if they are...

Part One: Assistive Technologies

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p. 1

1. Building New Ramps with Hearing Assistive Technology

Maggie Casteel

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pp. 3-25

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2. A Conversation with Alfred Sonnenstrahl: Focus on Telecommunications

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pp. 26-37

Alfred Sonnenstrahl is the telecommunications access consultant for Sonny Access Consulting. At the time of this interview (May 2007), however, he was special projects director at Communication Service for the...

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3. Cochlear Implants

Robert C. O’Reilly, Amanda J. Mangiardi, H. Timothy Bunnell

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pp. 38-42

Cochlear implants are quickly changing the landscape of hearing loss. Children with a severe-to-profound hearing loss who do not benefit from conventional hearing aids are now able to receive a cochlear...

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Part Two: Education and Literacy

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pp. 73-74

I started organizing the deaf department assemblies back at Marquette School, probably because one of my speech classes always had a poem or skit memorized and ready to perform. I relied on the arts as a framework for my speech lessons. Special ed required innumerable repetitions, and having a hearing loss precluded picking up any information...

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4. Civil Rights in Deaf Education: Working Toward Empowering Deaf Students and Their Parents

Jami N. Fisher, Philip J. Mattiacci

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pp. 75-98

Several laws have been enacted in the past thirty plus years to benefit persons with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 banned discrimination against persons with disabilities; PL-94 142, the Education...

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5. Inclusion and the Development of Deaf Identity

Michael Stinson

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pp. 99-121

One controversial issue in the education of deaf and hard of hearing children is whether these children should be educated in public schools as opposed to specialized residential or day schools. Another...

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6. Deaf, Signing, and Oral: A Journey

Lisa Herbert

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pp. 122-139

This chapter will cover many of the people, places, and situations that have shaped me into who I am today as a Deaf, signing, oral, and selfsufficient individual. I am very proud of the journey I have taken this...

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7. A Conversation with Grace Walker: Focus on Personal Experiences with a Cochlear Implant

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pp. 140-146

Grace Walker is a resident advisor for high school girls at the Delaware School for the Deaf. We interviewed her in May 2007 about her...

Part Three: Civil Rights

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pp. 147-148

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8. A Conversation with Christy Hennessey: Focus on the Workplace

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pp. 149-158

Christy Hennessey is the program coordinator for Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing Services at Independent Resources, Inc., a center for independent living in Wilmington, Delaware. Independent Resources is a...

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9. A Conversation with Tony Saccente: Focus on HIV/AIDS Counseling

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pp. 159-167

Tony Saccente worked for ten years (ending in 2006) as the coordinator of deaf services for Housing Works, Inc. This conversation with Tony Saccente took place in May 2005. Housing Works, the nation’s...

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10. HIV/AIDS in the United States Deaf Communtiy

Leila Monaghan

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pp. 168-192

Tony Saccente’s interview with the editors of this volume reflects ongoing work fighting HIV/AIDS among Deaf people in New York. In the United States, HIV/AIDS has been a problem in the Deaf community...

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11. DPN and Civil Rights

Gregory J. Hlibok

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pp. 193-200

Since childhood, I have understood and asserted my civil rights as an individual—something instilled in me by my parents. Their passionate involvement with Deaf advocacy matters, in pursuit of the...


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pp. 201-206


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pp. 207-214

E-ISBN-13: 9781563684272
E-ISBN-10: 1563684276
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563680281
Print-ISBN-10: 1563680289

Page Count: 236
Illustrations: 5 tables, 5 figures
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 43475896
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  • Deaf -- Education -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Case studies.
  • Kinzie School (Chicago, Ill.).
  • Mainstreaming in education -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Case studies.
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