By Leo Jacobs

ISBN-10: 0585104832

ISBN-13: 9780585104836

ISBN-10: 0930323610

ISBN-13: 9780930323615

Leo Jacobs has written a special and private account of what it's wish to be deaf in a listening to international. He speaks out on such matters as mainstreaming and its influence on deaf kids and the Deaf group, overall conversation as opposed to oralism, employment possibilities for deaf adults, and public coverage towards deaf people.

This re-creation contains an replace of providers by way of and for deaf humans, and an improved bankruptcy on laws and social concerns that experience had an effect at the Deaf neighborhood within the final ten years.

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These sources were always entirely available, in person and through the mails. Like the eager insurance lawyer at the scene of the accident, handing out his card to a prospective client, they were always there first. Just as importantly, they said and wrote everything we hearing parents ever wanted to hear: Through speech and lipreading there would be complete integration into the hearing world. What wasn't said, among many other things, was that speech and lipreading skills are only a part of what a human being requires, and that supplemental methods of education and communication are imperative.

This was indirectly responsible for my parents abandoning San Francisco for the more clement weather of the East Bay. I was born when they were living in Berkeley. However, my mother clung to her old doctor, who practiced in San Francisco. So, when she was to deliver, my mother went to San Francisco and I was born at the old Mt. Zion Hospital in that city. I was born deaf. When my parents discovered that both their children were deaf and would be going to the Berkeley school, they purchased a small house only seven blocks from the school campus.

My father, the oldest of four brothers, on the other hand, lost his hearing from spinal meningitis. He had no deaf siblings, and we could not communicate with his family at all except one uncle who could barely fingerspell. Although he attended the same school my mother did, they did not become sweethearts until after they graduated. They were going together when San Francisco was hit by the big earthquake and fire in 1906. I remember being enthralled by stories about the experiences that they and their families met during that devastating time.

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