Voices of the Oral Deaf

Voices of the Oral Deaf

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The deaf world is a complex one, divided by the allegiance of some to Deaf Culture, which emphasizes communication by sign-language, and by others to oralism, which emphasizes speech as the primary means of communication, and still others to a program called Total Communication, which stresses both signing and speaking. Today, more and more deaf people, especially children, are choosing oralism because it helps them fit into mainstream society better. This work presents interviews with fourteen extraordinary oral deaf role models from diverse backgrounds and professions. Wall Street banker Ralph Marra, paralegal Kristin Buehl, 1984 Olympic gold medalist Jeff Float, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, engineer George Oberlander, university mathematics professor Dr. David James, law professor Bonnie Poitras Tucker, executive Carolyn Ginsburg, foundation head Mildred Oberkotter, architect Tom Fields, accountant and institute executive director Ken Levinson, finance manager Michael Janger, school administrator Kathleen Suffridge Treni, and teacher Karen Kirby tell of their experiences and stories, discuss what helped and what hindered them, and offer advice to parents of deaf children.Socializing with other kids was hard in those years. My best friend growing up was a classmate named Sol; we spent a lot of time together. But once we ... It came about after I had written an earlier essay that wasna#39;t very good, so he made me rewrite the piece as an autobiographical composition, for which he gave me an A+.

Title:Voices of the Oral Deaf
Author:Jim Reisler
Publisher:McFarland - 2002-07-15


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