Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, The Story of a Deaf Leader [NOOK Book]

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Withstanding childhood poverty in a migrant farming family and an illness in 1943 at age 11 that left him profoundly deaf, Robert R. Davila persevered to become one of the first deaf persons in history to earn a doctorate. He did so at a time when interpreting in higher education had not yet become a professional support service. Davila worked unfailingly to achieve positions of stature as vice president of Gallaudet University, the president of three major deaf education organizations, and the seeming ...
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Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, The Story of a Deaf Leader

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Overview

Withstanding childhood poverty in a migrant farming family and an illness in 1943 at age 11 that left him profoundly deaf, Robert R. Davila persevered to become one of the first deaf persons in history to earn a doctorate. He did so at a time when interpreting in higher education had not yet become a professional support service. Davila worked unfailingly to achieve positions of stature as vice president of Gallaudet University, the president of three major deaf education organizations, and the seeming culmination of his career as the highest appointed deaf official ever in the U.S.
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Editorial Reviews

George H. W. Bush
One of the greatest honors of being President of the United States is that you have the privilege of meeting and working with the best of the best in America. Certainly, Bob Davila is one of those ‘best’ who is an inspiration to all who know him. His story is proof that hard work, determination, and courage can overcome even life’s toughest challenges.
Lauro F. Cavazos
Bob Davila’s biography describes his truly meaningful academic and public service careers. I consider him a role model, not only for deaf and other disabled persons, but for all of us.”
Edmund W. Gordon
The story of this remarkable person’s life provides proof of the power of determination, effort, and commitment, but also community, cooperation and service. Above all Davila’s life reminds us of the adaptive capacity of the human spirit.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014517126
  • Publisher: RIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Harry G. Lang is a professor in the Department of Research and Teacher Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. A prolific author, he has published seven books and numerous articles including the biographies: "Teaching From the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story" (2007), "Edmund Booth, Deaf Pioneer" (2004), and "Deaf Persons in the Arts and Sciences: A Biographical Dictionary" (1995), co-authored with his wife, Bonnie Meath-Lang. He also served as the senior advisor on the production team for the 2007 PBS documentary “Through Deaf Eyes.”

Oscar P. Cohen spent over thirty-six years educating deaf children at Lexington School for the Deaf and Lexington Center for the Deaf. While there he served as President of National Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), and as Chairman of the New York State 4201 Schools Association. In 2002, Dr. Cohen was appointed as the Executive Director of the Ralph Lauren Foundation, a corporate foundation that supports programs for cancer care and prevention, education, and community building.

Joseph E. Fischgrund has worked nearly thirty years in the field of the education of deaf children. His academic background is in theoretical linguistics, specializing in the history of English language and English grammar. He is the Headmaster of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, a position he has held for the past twenty years. Mr. Fischgrund has published widely, concentrating on the subject of deaf students from racial, linguistic, and ethnic minority backgrounds. He is a current editorial board member of The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
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