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Forbidden Signs

Forbidden Signs by Douglas C. Baynton is a book that traces the history of sign language in the United States and how and why oralism attempted to obliterate signing and replace it with lip reading and speech. As the author … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of Name Signs

This was a fascinating book, although it’s very easy to overlook. It’s a slender little book, barely 100 pages including the intro, text, list of signs, and references. Plus, fully half the book simply lists acceptable name-signs in alphabetic order. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mindfield by John F. Egbert

I’ve just finished reading Mindfield by John F. Egbert, who kindly sent me a copy. I thought this was an excellent book, and I think it might be a good way to introduce issues surrounding deafhood and deaf culture via … Continue reading

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Through Deaf Eyes: review

Well I finally got to see Through Deaf Eyes this morning (actually half last night and half this morning; it’s been a busy few days). I thoroughly enjoyed watching this. I should note that my perspective on this is as … Continue reading

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cool…

The author of the Alone in the Mainstream book was on, talking about finally realizing others like her out there…very cool! The music stuff’s on now, and I had to laugh when the guy was talking about how they make … Continue reading

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book review: Forbidden Signs

Forbidden Signs is a book that traces the history of sign language in the United States and how and why oralism attempted to obliterate signing and replace it with lip reading and speech. As the author himself notes, the history … Continue reading

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Interesting quotes from Forbidden Signs…

…in light of recent conversations around here. (I do plan on a proper review, but I happened across this gem just now.) From Forbidden Signs, pp 103: Another measure of the oralist preoccupation with efficiency was the support they gave … Continue reading

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progress in ASL

I’m pretty pleased with my progress in ASL and while I have a long way to go, it’s interesting to see what a long way I’ve come. Example, I passed along the Deaf Ninja video to a friend of mine, … Continue reading

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Deaf Performing Artists Network — comments

I just checked out their website and it looks to me like they’re starting up sort of a “Deaf MTV” site where songs are reinterpreted with captions, ASL and so forth. If this sticks around and expands, this might be … Continue reading

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“from solitaire to poker” mini-review

Over at Mike Schmidt’s Oh I See blog, he’s got a great vlog called From Solitaire to Poker. Go take a look if you haven’t already. I very much enjoyed watching it and picked up a couple of new words … Continue reading

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“Deafness and the Riddle of Identity” review

Wow! Go read this! I thought this was a very well laid out overview. In particular, he addresses the inherent problems behind the whole definition of Deaf Culture — problems that are readily apparent to me as an outsider but … Continue reading

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more on mask of benevolence

It’s taking me a while to get through this book, in part because I keep coming across snippets and bits that make me want to get out here and pound out some more rants, so I set the book down … Continue reading

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book review: Alone in the Mainstream

I finished reading this book a few days ago and I would highly recommend it to: people who were themselves the only deaf person in their school (for any length of time); hearing people (epecially the ones who Just Insist … Continue reading

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cochlear implants

I said I’d put together a post on cochlear implants earlier this month. First a disclaimer: I don’t have one, nor do I have plans to get one. I’m fairly neutral about them although I do find it annoying many … Continue reading

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notions of community

One of the nicest things about searching out other deaf folk on the internet, especially now, is finding the personal blogs that others write. Having grown up isolated from other deaf, and not really connecting with other deaf folk even … Continue reading

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