My last post, 5 Best Books on Deaf Culture, has had consistent views for the last couple of years. It’s about time I updated with 5 MORE best books on Deaf culture! Let me know if I’m missing one that I can add to the list. 🙂
Oh and check out my post, The Life Cycle of an ASL Student, if you have a second!
6. Deaf Like Me
A classic story of a Deaf girl raised in the 60s when deafness was something to be hidden and feared. After many, many years of frustration for Lynn and her parents as she “failed” in the oral system, they met a Deaf child who could fully communicate with her parents in sign. (She can even crack a joke; unheard of for Lynn’s parents up to that point.)
Author: Thomas S. Spradley and James P. Spradley
7. Deaf Again
A kid, born Deaf, raised hearing, returns to being Deaf as he gets older. Excellent for ASL students to understand the all-too-often harsh reality of Deaf children raised in mainstream schools.
Author: Mark Drolsbaugh
Everyone needs to have this book…I mean everyone. This is the one true example of Deaf heaven – where Deaf and hearing alike knew sign language, where Deaf held positions of power in the community, and where Deaf were often times more educated than their hearing neighbors.
Authors: Nora Ellen Groce and John W. M. Whiting
Have you ever wondered why heat arises every time a discussion starts about oralism vs. sign language? The Other Side of Silence gives a non-biased approach to the issue and can help ASL students understand the depth of feeling behind this issue.
Author: by Arden Neisser
If Harlan Lane’s “When the Mind Hears” is too big for your breeches, A Place of Their Own could be your solution to learning about Deaf History.
Authors: John Vickrey Van Cleve and Barry A. Crouch
I have a few more books to add so keep an eye out for the third list. Let me know if I forgot your favorite book on Deaf Culture and I’ll add it to the list! 🙂