A new language minority has come to the fore in America and around the world. It is the tight-knit society — some million strong in the United States — that calls itself, in American Sign Language, the Deaf-World. It has a history, a flourishing culture, and a political agenda. A Journey into the Deaf-World is the compelling story of this much misunderstood minority as it struggles for self-determination. Journey address questions such as these:
- What is Deaf culture all about?
- How are Deaf children raised and educated and how should they be?
- What do signed language and Deaf culture have to offer to Deaf child – and hearing people?
- What can we learn from Deaf societies in other lands?
- How does technology help – and hinders – Deaf people?
- How do Deaf people integrate into the larger society?
Based on the latest research findings concerning the Deaf-World, rich in examples from the lives of Deaf people, Journey is a ‘must read’ for professionals and students in such fields as audiology; speech-language pathology; medicine; education; school, rehabilitations and mental health counselling; psychology; interpreting; ASL and Deaf Studies; and for anyone with Deaf person in his or her life.
Authors: Harlan Lane, Robert Hoffmeister and Ben Bahan (1996), 513 pages.