Book Review by Jean Andrews

By Jean F. Andrews Backspace by Steve C. Baldwin, published by Savory Words Publishing (2015) Set in southeast Texas, Dr. Steve Baldwin crafted a briskly paced murder mystery filled with family violence, addiction, bullying, blackmail, deceit and greed, murder, and incest.  In the early 1950’s, stuck in an unsympathetic hearing world filled with ignorance, misinformation, […]

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Terrell Brittain Advocates for Deaf Renters

By Jean F. Andrews Deaf people are treated unfairly by housing leasing staff, according to a front-page story in the Houston Chronicle, January 27, 2014 by news reporter Jayme Fraser. In fact, office managers are reported to have rudely hung up on deaf inquirers who call in using relay interpreters. Why is this situation still happening in this […]

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My Insperation

By BitcoDavid Derrick Coleman is the first Deaf NFL player. He has been featured in inspirational commercials, and has helped bring the Seattle Seahawks to the Superbowl against the Denver Broncos. Here’s a letter written to Mr. Coleman by a young girl. BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he […]

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What Aktion T4 Can Teach Us About Ourselves

By BitcoDavid Named after the chalet in which it was drafted, Aktion T4 was officially adopted in Sept. of 1939. The law enabled the government of the 3rd Reich to commit euthanasia on those it deemed Lebensunwertes Leben – Life unworthy of life. The aged, the infirm, the birth-defected, the intellectually challenged and the Deaf. […]

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Dumbing Down Deaf Education

By Jean F. Andrews Following the NCLB mandates for achievement testing, linking teacher salaries to student test scores, the National reading Panel, the Common Core Standards and other expert panels–what is next to further dumb down deaf education? Where are graphic arts? Painting and sculpture? Reader’s theater? The dramatic arts including dancing? What about ASL […]

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Nowhere Man In Nowhere Land

By Jean F. Andrews John Lennon’s sad lyrics in “Nowhere Man In Nowhere Land,” resonate in the life of Junius Wilson (1908-2001). Wilson was a Black Deaf man who was incarcerated for a rape he did not commit. His first six years at the State Hospital for the Colored Insane developed into a total of […]

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