Gerald Shea: The Language of Light



Nd vocal speech His views influenced by the destructive Congress of Milan permeated the ducation of Keller and continues to damage the Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem education of the Deaf today Gerald Shea has composed a beautifully written history of the deaf community and their fight to be recognized as a community with a true language I was continually shocked at the oppression the deaf community faced and the absurdity of the oral teachers who were so resistant to change What I think is most wonderful though is how Shea highlights the resiliency and strength of those who would not give up in their fight for recognition This book provides deep insight into the systematic oppression of the western world and how that has brought us to where we are today It s been an age since I ve read anything about social history pertaining to the deaf So when I found this book in my local library I thought why not Gerald Shea s articulate and well researched book is informative concise and profoundIn spite of having read other books on the social history of the deaf community this is the first book I vever come across that s been written by a partially deaf person In fact it is this that lends itself to his striking and often lyrical observations on a partially deaf person s relationship with and Safe Words experiences of spoken languageAfter the introduction Shea concentrates on how deafducated came to be in France and the Continental US But in many respects this is a book about the psychological impact ignorance has had on the shaping and reshaping of deaf His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, education both past and present as well as the destructive legacy this ignorance has wrought on the uality of life the average deaf person has From their capacity to read and write today the average deaf and HOH person graduates from school with a reading level of a seven toight year old child in other words a barely functioning illiterate right through to their social The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, economic situation as adults most deaf adults in the twenty first century live below the poverty line working in low skilled jobs I learnt so much that previously I had not known facts both fascinating and disturbing The story of how theducation of the deaf came about in France is nothing short of truly astonishing It was this development that was to have a profound affect on the uality of Pursuit of Justice education and thus transform the lives of deaf people T in sign language the only language that renders them complete fully communicative human beings Sheaxplores the history of the deeply biased attitudes toward the Deaf in Europe and America which illogically forced them to be taught in a language they could neither hear nor speak As ven AG Bell a fervent oralist admitted sign language is the uickest method.

Note I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley I got this book from goodreads first reads Being totally ignorant of literally verything in this book it was an utterly fascinating read It is rare to find a work so full of hope and so so very saddening Fascinating Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude eye opening history ofducation for the deaf Because I don t read a lot of history I found parts of it draggy it s a lot of names but despite that it s an important and worthwhile book The Language of Light by Gerald Shea is a free NetGalley Rodeo Daughter ebook that I read in late AugustAlready deeply pro ASL I was very interested about reading about the history of oralism alongside the development of French Sign Language and Gallaudet University Shea goes above and beyond this main topic by including information on audiological anatomy the movement in 1902 toward articulation lip reading Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell s roles in advancing oralism the rules on structuretrajectoryplacement of ASL by William Stokoe and the limitations of a mainstreamducation for a Deaf child A very insightful and interesting book in which Gerald Shea who is himself hard of hearing My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze explores the history of Deafducation and the fight between those want to teach the Deaf signed languages and those who want the Deaf to learn to lipread and speak orally Unfortunately signed languages have traditionally been looked down upon a mindset that continues into today as parents opt for cochlear implants rather than allowing their Deaf child to learn signed language freuently cochlear implants only allow a very limited range of hearing and communicationShea also includes a chapter on Helen Keller who had devised some of her own signs and methods of communication before Anne Sullivan came along Sullivan who worked with Alexander Graham Bell disregarded the work Keller had made on her own and instead taught her fingerspelling and oral speech The saddest part is that Keller lost her voice through this much of her writing includes visual and auditory descriptions that she could not have imagined or Fatal Secrets (Protecting the Witnesses experienced but that Sullivan instead fed to her and perhaps stronglyncouraged her to use all while invalidating Keller s A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, experiences as a Deaf blind woman Bell yes telephone Bell viewed deafness as something base something that reuired a fix of lipreading A comprehensive history of deafness signed languages and the unresolved struggles of the Deaf to be taught in their unspoken tongue Partially deaf due to a childhood illness Gerald Shea is no stranger to the search for communicative grace and clarity In thislouent and thoroughly researched book he uncovers the centuries long struggle of the Deaf to be taugh.

Cross Europe and later United States The Deaf went on to became poets artists academics lawyers newspaper My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, editors publishers and architects In other words armed with theirducation gained via Sign Language they were able to live lives filled with choices Sadly this powerhouse of Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, enlightenment thatnsured deaf people had similar opportunities as their hearing peers was to be short lived Cut violently to shred by oralists and the repugnant ideology of The Baby Album eugenics both of which still menace the deaf and the structuring of theirducation today Toward the Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose end of the book Shea turns his attention to cochlear implants and the often misleading claims made by speech therapist surgeons and psychotherapist on their guaranteed success ofnabling deaf children to speak and thus Why Not Tonight (Happily Inc., engage fully and without difficultly in spoken conversations However research regularly belies these claims revealing their contradictory and futile promise of helping children to learn via the one sense they don t have In fact the research repeatedly found that cochlear implanted children showed auditory speech perception levels and language skills comparable to those of severely deaf children without hearing aids This was a very good readable history of Deaf culture and the current state of Deafducation but it was as someone who was mainstreamed and lived through an oralist Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, education also deeply infuriating I dncourage anyone who doesn t know much about Deaf issues to start with this I received this novel on NetGalley for an honest review It s amazing how we take the little things for granted such as being able to walk read or Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, even talk The Language of Lightxplores the history of being deaf through the Middle Ages to now from Europe to America This history is rich with the origins for most signs that are apart of Sign Language and Snowbound Bride (Harlequin Men in Uniform Miniseries) even anecdotes of misguided individuals attempting to force deaf individuals to verbally speak However it does provide a look into the life of one of the most well known deaf activist Helen Keller as well as a look into the linguistic complexity and defense of sign language by way of Noam Chomsky and William Stokoe The reader is left with a better understanding of a language and culture that often falls through the cracks of society I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who has interest in broadening their horizon. Of reaching the mind of a deaf child   Shea’s researchxposes a persistent but misguided determination among hearing Cowboys Baby (Ranching Family, educators to teach the Deaf orally making the very faculty they lacked the principal instrument of their instruction To forbid theirducation in sign language the “language of light” is to deny the Deaf their human rights he concludes.

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