Voices of the Oral Deaf: Fourteen Role Models Speak Out

Voices of the Oral Deaf: Fourteen Role Models Speak Out

by Jim Reisler


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Voices of the Oral Deaf: Fourteen Role Models Speak Out by Jim Reisler

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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786412662
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2002
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Jim Reisler has written books covering such topics as baseball, the deaf, and sportswriters. He lives in Irvington, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Kristin Buehl 5

Tom Fields 14

Jeff Float 23

Carolyn Ginsburg 33

Evelyn Glennie 39

David James 52

Michael Janger 60

Karen Kirby 69

Ken Levinson 81

Ralph Marra 94

Mildred Oberkotter 105

George Oberlander 112

Kathleen Suffridge Treni 133

Bonnie Poitras Tucker 143

Helpful Resources 149

Index 159

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