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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?

Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body

by Davis, Lennard J.

This book tries to think through some of the complex issues raised by concepts such as the body, the normal, the abnormal, disability, the disabled, and people with disabilities.

Hearts of Wisdom: American Women Caring for Kin, 1850-1940

by Abel, Emily K.

Examines the history of caregiving over a 90-year period, and the changing relations between home caregivers and professionals

Madness, Disability and Social Exclusion: The Archaeology and Anthropology of 'Difference'

by Hubert, Jane

A unique work that brings together a broad range of specialist disciplines to create a new perspective on social and physical exclusion from society. Brings a much needed comparative approach to the subject of disability.

Rethinking School Bullying

by Smith, Peter K. and Dixon, Roz

What would make anti-bullying initiatives more successful? This book offers a new approach to the problem of school bullying.

Sounds from Silence: Graeme Clark and the Bionic Ear Story

by Clark, Graeme

The author describes his interest in working with deaf individuals and medical science to develop the Bionic ear.

Special Parents, Special Children

by Bernstein, Joanne E. and Fireside, Bryna J.

Profiles four families in which one or both parents have disabilities; for middle-grade readers.

The Disability Rights Movement: From Charity To Confrontation

by Fleischer, Doris Z. and Zames, Freida

Based on interviews with almost a hundred activists, this book provides a detailed history of the struggle for disability rights in the United States.

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.

The Ocean Inside: Youth Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (Youth with Special Needs)

by Libal, Autumn

The personal story of a boy born with profound hearing loss is accompanied by information about topics related to deafness. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Your Child's Hearing Loss: What Parents Need to Know

by Waldman, Debby and Roush, Jackson

A practical guide for parents of children with hearing loss.

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