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!Read Kindle ⚷ The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices á 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 this eloquent and thoroughly researched book, he uncovers the centuries long struggle of the Deaf to be taught in sign language the only language that renders them complete, fully communicative human beings Shea explores 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 even AG Bell, a fervent oralist, admitted, sign language is the quickest method of reaching the mind of a deaf child Shea s research exposes a persistent but misguided determination among hearing educators to teach the Deaf orally, making the very faculty they lacked the principal instrument of their instruction To forbid their education in sign language the language of light is to deny the Deaf their human rights, he concludes 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 even talk The Language of Light explores 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 even anecdotes of misguided individuals attempting to force deaf individuals to verbally speak However, it does provide a look into the l 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 even talk The Language of Light explores 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 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 horizons This was a very good, readable history of Deaf culture and the current state of Deaf education, but it was, as someone who was mainstreamed and lived through an oralist education, also deeply infuriating I d encourage anyone who doesn t know much about Deaf issues to start with this. 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 profound.In spite of having read other books on the social history of the deaf community, this is the first book I ve ever 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 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 profound.In spite of having read other books on the social history of the deaf community, this is the first book I ve ever 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 experiences of spoken language.After the introduction, Shea concentrates on how deaf educated 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 education, both past and present, as well as the destructive legacy this ignorance has wrought on the quality 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 to eight year old child in other words a barely functioning illiterate , right through to their social 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 the education 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 quality of education and thus transform the lives of deaf people across Europe and later United States The Deaf went on to became poets, artists, academics, lawyers, newspaper editors, publishers and architects In other words, armed with their education gained via Sign Language they were able to live lives filled with choices Sadly this powerhouse of enlightenment that ensured 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 eugenics both of which still menace the deaf, and the structuring of their education today Toward the 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 of enabling deaf children to speak and thus 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