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Alandra's Lilacs: The Story of a Mother and Her Deaf Daughter
     

Alandra's Lilacs: The Story of a Mother and Her Deaf Daughter

by Tressa Bowers
 

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ISBN-10: 1563680823

ISBN-13: 9781563680823

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

When, in 1968, 19-year-old Tressa Bowers took her baby daughter to an expert on deaf children, he pronounced that Alandra was “stone deaf,” she most likely would never be able to talk, and she probably would not get much of an education because of her communication limitations. Tressa refused to accept this stark assessment of Alandra’s prospects.

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When, in 1968, 19-year-old Tressa Bowers took her baby daughter to an expert on deaf children, he pronounced that Alandra was “stone deaf,” she most likely would never be able to talk, and she probably would not get much of an education because of her communication limitations. Tressa refused to accept this stark assessment of Alandra’s prospects. Instead, she began the arduous process of starting her daughter’s education.

Economic need forced Tressa to move several times, and as a result, she and Alandra experienced a variety of learning environments: a pure oralist approach, which discouraged signing; Total Communication, in which the teachers spoke and signed simultaneously; a residential school for deaf children, where Signed English was employed; and a mainstream public school that relied upon interpreters. Changes at home added more demands, from Tressa’s divorce to her remarriage, her long work hours, and the ongoing challenge of complete communication within their family. Through it all, Tressa and Alandra never lost sight of their love for each other, and their affection rippled through the entire family. Today, Tressa can triumphantly point to her confident, educated daughter and also speak with pride of her wonderful relationship with her deaf grandchildren. Alandra’s Lilacs is a marvelous story about the resiliency and achievements of determined, loving people no matter what their circumstances might be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563680823
Publisher:
Gallaudet University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
1
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
647,461
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Reconciliation1
2Homecoming5
3The Race Begins20
4The Sounds of Silence27
5Total Communication38
6Stuttering with My Hands47
7Home Signs53
8A Difficult Undertaking61
9Our "Normal" Life68
10Half Hearing and Half Deaf?77
11Her Rightful Place93
12Our Too Cool Daughter104
13My Own Place in the Deaf World116
14Enter Chad ... and Tyler123
15I Finally Get to Hear Baby Talk133
16A Normal Pair of Boys139
17Smelling the Lilacs148

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