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Building Bridges, Crossing Borders

Ann Darby Getty

Publication Year: 2014

Kyler Daniels was born in 1988 with a profound bilateral hearing loss. Her deafness went undetected for a year since newborn screening for hearing loss was not yet available. Kyler benefited, however, from the great support of her family and a string of excellent professionals in deaf education, including Ann Darby Getty, the author of this shared, experiental story. As soon as they realized that their daughter was deaf, Kyler’s parents, who were hearing, immediately began to learn sign language. They also engaged Darby, a parent/infant educator employed by the state school for the deaf, to work with Kyler. From the age of 13 months until Kyler’s college graduation 22 years later, Darby was involved in her education and development. Despite living in a rural area, Kyler enjoyed an array of services, including parent/infant education, sign language interaction/modeling, speech and language therapy, and also a cochlear implant. At the same time that she developed her speech skills, sign language continued to be a critically important facet of her communication. In grade school, she learned with other deaf students, while in high school, she worked successfully in mainstream classrooms with interpreters and notetakers. As a college graduate, gifted artist, and veterinarian’s assistant today, Kyler exemplifies how a balanced approach to deaf education, using all resources at hand, can achieve remarkable results. Her story serves as a model for parents of other deaf children and professionals working with deaf children.

Published by: Gallaudet University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

I began this writing with the end goal of being able to complete a dissertation . . . and obtain a doctorate in the field of education. This doctorate, a framed piece of paper now hanging on my wall, was a lifelong dream, complicated by the...

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pp. ix-x

My deep appreciation goes to Gallaudet University Press for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Specifically, I wish to thank Ivey Pittle Wallace and Deirdre Mullervy. Despite my initial concerns Ivey provided encouragement, enthusiasm, and deep...

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pp. 1-12

This book is the culmination of more than thirty-five years of experience in the field of Deaf education. It explores a variety of hot-button topics, discussions, and dilemmas currently faced by parents of deaf children and the professionals who serve...

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Chapter 1: Lessons from the Past

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pp. 13-25

The chapters that follow tell a story. It is about the birth of a child born deaf, her family, and her successful journey into young adulthood. However, hers is a story within a broader story . . . that of deaf education, the historical challenges of deaf...

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Chapter 2: Freedom to Thrive

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pp. 26-40

In 1992 Harlan Lane published his second book on deafness, The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community. The title says it all and raises the question of the motive behind one’s choice to work with a marginalized population. Some may be familiar...

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Chapter 3: Field of Dreams

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pp. 41-57

Parents of newborn babies greet their children with hopes, dreams, and grand expectations. Among the approximately 4.13 million annual births in the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services reports that approximately 5%...

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Chapter 4: Meet the Daniels Family

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pp. 58-90

It is difficult, if not impossible, to understand the complexities faced by hearing parents of deaf children without first appreciating some of the challenges d/Deaf individuals have confronted throughout history as well as controversies over issues of...

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Chapter 5: School Choice

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pp. 91-107

As mentioned previously, beginning shortly after being identified as having a profound hearing loss and continuing for the next three years, Kyler received weekly visits from teachers through the public school system as well as the school for deaf children. At the age...

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Chapter 6: College and Beyond

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pp. 108-123

As mentioned in the introduction, Kyler graduated in the spring of 2012 from a local university, where she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in art and design with a minor in art history. Prior to that, she attended and graduated magna cum laude...

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Chapter 7: Lessons Learned: A Cautionary Tale

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pp. 124-138

In looking at relationships among schools, teachers, audiologists, surgeons, and families several noteworthy experiences call to mind the importance of treating families and their children in the most respectful manner possible. On occasion we professionals...


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pp. 139-152


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pp. 153-160

E-ISBN-13: 9781563686085
E-ISBN-10: 1563686082
Print-ISBN-13: 9781563686078
Print-ISBN-10: 1563686074

Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 13 photos
Publication Year: 2014