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Biography / Autobiography

The Story of My Life

by Keller, Helen

An American classic rediscovered by each generation, The Story of My Life is Helen Keller's account of her triumph over deafness and blindness.

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.

Voices of the Oral Deaf: Fourteen Role Models Speak Out

by Reisler, Jim

Fourteen successful deaf individuals share their stories about the obstacles they overcame in their lives.

Walking Free: The Nellie Zimmerman Story

by Boggs-Qualls, Rosezelle and Greene, Darryl C.

Biography of a deaf-blind woman who spent years completely isolated in a mental hospital before gaining her independence.

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.

Sign Language / Training

Deaf-Blind Interpreting Workbook: Student Readings and Worksheets

by Bauer, Mary and Stueland, Karen Chriest and Engler-Morris, Jackie and Neal, Janie and Nuccio, Jelica and Wallace, Cynthia

This workbook was put together to cover basic Deaf-Blind interpreting techniques. Over the past years, the Seattle Deaf-Blind Community has shaped this class and the workbook has evolved.

Guidelines: Practical Tips for Working and Socializing with Deaf-Blind People

by Theresa B. Smith

How does deaf-blindness affect communication? How does one guide a person who is deaf and blind? How does all of this affect the role of the interpreter etc.?

Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf-Blind: A Trainer's Manual

by Joffee, Elga and Prickett, Jeanne Glidden and Welch, Therese Rafalowski and Huebner, Kathleen Mary

In-service training guide that presents guidelines for using the Hand In Hand materials for training people who are deaf-blind in orientation & mobility and communication.

Hand in Hand: Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf-Blind: Volume II Appendixes, Glossary, Resources, Index

by Joffee, Elga and Prickett, Jeanne Glidden and Huebner, Kathleen Mary and Therese Rafalowski Welch

This series was designed to develop resources for educators of children who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, and severely disabled. This volume includes all the back matter.

Independence without Sight or Sound: Suggestions for Practitioners Working with Deaf-Blind Adults

by Sauerburger, Dona

Suggestions for working with deaf-blind adults by an expert on orientation and mobility.

Independent Living Without Sight and Hearing

by Kinney, Richard

This is a wonderful resource for blind-deaf individuals and those who interact with them. It covers such topics as communication methods, independence at home, telephones, travel hints and much more.

Learn to Sign the Fun Way! Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles, and Activities in American Sign Language

by Warner, Penny

The perfect guide to signing for everyone! Never before has learning to sign been so simple and so much fun!

Our Stories: The Soul Of Sign Language Interpreting

by Decher, Marianne

Collection of brief anecdotes submitted by sign language interpreters and consumers about their experiences. Fast read, you'll keep saying "just one more." Edited by an interpreter.

Reading Between The Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters

by Mindess, Anna and Holcomb, Thomas K. and Langholtz, Daniel and Moyers, Priscilla and Solow, Sharon Neumann

In Reading Between the Signs: Intercultural Communication for Sign Language Interpreters, Anna Mindess provides a new perspective on a unique culture that is not widely understood-American Deaf culture.

Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths

by Costello, Elaine

Since the fourth century, when Spanish monks first started signing to communicate during their vows of silence, sign language has been used in religious communities of all faiths. Present-day American Sign Language (ASL) carries on that tradition.

Signing Illustrated

by Flodin, Mickey

This book teaches American Sign Language. Detailed instructions and excellent descriptions.

Signing Naturally: Student Workbook Level 1

by Smith, Cheri and Lentz, Ella Mae and Mikos, Ken

An excellent resource book, with over 1000 signs and 100 useful phrases. Activities are video-interactive, with the emphasis on language in context, featuring useful vocabulary and expressions.

Signing: How To Speak With Your Hands

by Costello, Elaine

American Sign Language is a wonderful silent language of hands, face, and body that is rich with nuance, emotion, and grace.

Other Nonfiction

A New Civil Right: Telecommunications Equality for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans

by Strauss, Karen Peltz

Karen Peltz Strauss reveals how the paternalism of the hearing-oriented telecommunications industries slowed support for accessible technology for the deaf and hard of hearing users.

Amazing Educators - A Short eBook

by Margerison, Charles

Progress and education go hand in hand. This unique collection from The Amazing People Club explores the lives of four influential educators who recognized the importance of sharing knowledge to improve people's life and acted on it.

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

Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body

by Davidson, Michael

Concerto for the Left Hand is at the cutting edge of the expanding field of disability studies, offering a wide range of essays that investigate the impact of disability across various art forms---including literature, performance, photography, and film.

Doctor Dolittle’s Delusion: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language

by Anderson, Stephen R.

Can animals be taught a human language and use it to communicate? Or is human language unique to human beings, just as many complex behaviors of other species are uniquely theirs?

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