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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Deaf Musicians

by Seeger, Pete and Jacobs, Paul Dubois

Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.

The Other Side of Silence: Sign Language and the Deaf Community in America

by Neisser, Arden

The history of the struggle to legitimize sign language against the pressure of a hearing educational establishment intent on forcing upon the deaf the almost impossible task of learning lipreading and speech.

The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa

by Swiller, Josh

Swiller spent his early years in frustrated limbo on the sidelines of the hearing world. So he decided to abandon the well-trodden path after college, setting out to find a place so far removed that his deafness would become irrelevant.

Through the Rain and Rainbow: The Remarkable Life of Richard Kinney

by Crist, Lyle M.

Richard Kenny lost his sight at age seven. He spent his childhood adjusting to and overcoming blindness. He entered college but had to drop out in his second year when his hearing failed.

Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World

by Cohen, Leah Hager

A fascinating book about deaf culture as it manifests itself at the Lexington School for the Deaf, where the author's parents worked for a time.

Words in My Hands: A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey

by Chambers, Diane

Bert Riedel, an 86-year-old deaf-blind pianist, cut off from the world since age 45, discovers a new life through hand-over-hand sign, taught to him by the author.

History of Disabilities

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind

by Davidson, Margaret

Louis was 12 years old and blind, but he made up his mind that he was going to invent an easy way for all blind people to read and write. It took him 3 years to work out his alphabet of raised dots.

A Brief History of Dog Guides for the Blind

by Coon, Nelson

This book highlights the early history of guide dogs before World War I, dating back to Pompay and perhaps farther.

The New Disability History: American Perspectives

by Longmore, Paul K. and Umansky, Lauri

A collection of essays by social historians exploring the role of disability in U.S. history.

Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha's Vineyard

by Groce, Nora E.

From the seventeenth century to the early years of the twentieth, the population of Martha's Vineyard manifested an extremely high rate of profound hereditary deafness.

Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History from 1900 to World War II

by Longmore, Paul K. and Umansky, Lauri and Burch, Susan

A history of resistance to oralism in deaf schools in the 20th century.

The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939

by Cohen, Deborah

"This impressive book offers a powerful set of insights into the lasting effects of the First World War and the different ways in which belligerent states came to terms with the war's consequences."

Woeful Afflictions: Disability and Sentimentality in Victorian America

by Klages, Mary

From Tiny Tim to Helen Keller, disabled people in the nineteenth century were portrayed in sentimental terms, as afflicted beings whose sufferings afforded able-bodied people opportunities to practice empathy and compassion.

Parents and Disabilities

Bigger than the Sky: Disabled Women on Parenting

by Wates, Michele and Jade, Rowen

Collection of essays, poetry, and short fiction on parenting by women with disabilities

The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Dyslexia: All You Need To Ensure Your Child's Success

by Marshall, Abigail

Although dyslexia affects 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population. If you're the parent of a child with dyslexia, you should read this book. It also discusses some other learning disabilities.

Hands-On Parenting: A Resource Guide for Parents who are Blind or Partially Sighted

by Bacon, Debbie

A comprehensive resource guide from Through the Looking Glass, The National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities.

Disabled Parents: Dispelling the Myths (National Childbirth Trust Guide)

by Wates, Michelle

Explores the experiences and needs of parents with physical disabilities in the U.K.

Our Labeled Children: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know About Learning Disabilities

by Sternberg, Robert J. and Grigorenko, Elena L.

Sternberg and Grigorenko, both psychologists and researchers at Yale University, are concerned that the way learning disabilities are assessed and treated in American school systems is not consistent.

The Learning Disabilities Trap: How to Save Your Child From the Perils of Special Education

by Unger, Harlow G.

This book shows parents how to give their children the learning tools and support they need. It also includes core curriculum milestones by which parents can evaluate their children's progress and lists of organizations and schools that can help.

The Learning Disabled Child: Ways That Parents Can Help

by Stevens, Suzanne H.

Educational book for parents who have a child with learning disabilities.

Teens, Children and Disabilities

Freak the Mighty

by Philbrick, Rodman

Two boys, one overly large, awkward and learning-disabled and the other short and crippled but a genius, team up to become "Freak the Mighty, an invincible duo," which enables them to "participate in the larger world."

A Different Way of Seeing: Youth with Visual Impairments and Blindness (Youth With Special Needs)

by Souder, Patricia

When Kyla got hit in the face with a basketball during a game, she developed a retina detachment. Follow Kyla as she learns to work with her visual impairment.

My Name is Not Slow: Youth with Mental Retardation (Youth With Special Needs)

by Libal, Autumn

Tells the story of Penelope, a girl who has Down syndrome, her growth and development, and how she and her family are affected by her disability.

Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph

by Wilkie, Katharine E.

Focusing on her childhood years, this biography is about Helen Keller who overcame her handicaps with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Juvenile literature.

Accommodations--or Just Good Teaching?: Strategies for Teaching College Students With Disabilities

by Hodge, Bonnie M. and Preston-Sabin, Jennie

This book offers strategies for teaching students with disabilities in college, in different subjects.

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