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Monday, January 6, 2014

"A Student's Guide to the Deaf Experience"

Michelle Jay, ASL and Deaf Studies teacher of StartASL asked a number of us who are Deaf and hard of hearing to participate in collaborating our stories into a book to share our personal "deaf experience" with her students. It is a priviledge to have been asked to take part of this project and write a piece for this book.

Don't Just "Sign"... Communicate!
A Student's Guide to the Deaf Experience
An Intimate Journey into the Heart of the Deaf Community

Don’t Just “Sign”. . .Communicate! prepares you to interact with the deaf and hard of hearing – in a knowledgeable and respectful way – by giving you an exclusive glimpse into this rich and diverse community.
This eye-opening book will ignite your senses and eliminate any misconceptions you may have about the deaf community. Delve into this informative and entertaining collection of personal stories culled from the writings of talented Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened people.
Experience the world from their perspectives and learn what questions and comments are best avoided and what common courtesies are most appreciated. By reading this book, you can immerse yourself in the textured world of the deaf community.  
Pulsing with vibrant stories, this carefully compiled anthology swings the door open wide and invites you in. Run with “Broken Ears,” a Chippewa native whose struggle to triumph over discrimination is compounded by deafness. “Touch the sound of snowflakes” with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. Experience the isolation of “Deaf Brown Gurl,” an exotic beauty yearning to fit in. And “follow the music through vibrations” with grand illusionist Sam Sandler. Get to know them and many others. Their stories will reach right off the page, grab you by the heart, and pull you in. . .
This book is meant as a guide to equip ASL students, but it is so much more. . . It is a book for the masses – to be read and reread, to be savored – for it will resonate with you long after the last page is turned. . .

Get your copy from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0984529470/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=startasl_djsc-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0984529470

I'm looking forward to reading what fellow writers and bloggers have shared in this book!


  1. As you know via FB I was asked if I would like to write a piece too for this book. I can't wait to receive my book so I can read others in there.

  2. It's going to be a great read, very diverse!

  3. I ordered book from Amazon & it should be delivered this Thursday. :-)

    1. Neil, you are going to really enjoy this book! The people are interesting and quite diverse. Michelle Jay did a great job compiling for this collaboration.

  4. Really its a great initiative and also it would be very helpful for those find hard to do their day to day activities due to deafness. Hope they all find some useful tips from these books. Even me too want to read this book and share with my buddies

    1. Sachin, these are great books by Michelle Jay! I recommend all her books.