Deaf Culture Awareness
The library is honoring National Deaf History Month with displays and events. Deaf History Month celebrates Deaf culture and strives to build greater understanding of Deaf culture, history, civil rights, contributions, and achievements.
It’s interesting to consider that education for Deaf Americans was hard to find for many years, and hard fought for, as well.
On April 15, 1817, the first permanent school for Deaf students, now known as the American School for the Deaf, was founded.
On April 8, 1864, a charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln authorizing the Board of Directors of the Columbia Institution (later named Gallaudet University) to grant college degrees to students who were deaf.
On March 13, 1988, the first Deaf president of Gallaudet University, a school for people who are Deaf, was selected. This was considered to be a victory for the students and Deaf community because in its 124 year history, the institution had never selected a Deaf president until Dr. Irving King Jordan was named that year.
See the American Deaf Culture Historical Timeline to learn more important dates in Deaf history.
ASL at SBCC
Our ASL Club on campus has put some fascinating devices on display with captions to show some of the technology that Deaf people have used or use in their everyday lives.
ASL at SBCC
The School of Modern Languages at SBCC offers an American Sign Language program with a wide variety of courses that students at all levels can take. With library resources close at hand, it’s easy to learn more about Deaf culture and American Sign Language, whether in a class or at your computer.
CJ Jones will be our special guest performer/lecturer during the 2013 Summer Immersion Weekend.
Watch this video of 2012 Summer Immersion Weekend to see what’s in store for 2013!
Check out some interesting links related to sign language and Deaf culture
The American Sign Language Browser provides links to words in every letter of the alphabet, and explains how they are signed with both words and pictures.
The Deaf Resources Library is an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States, as well as Deaf and hard of hearing related topics.
The National Association for the Deaf supports and values Deaf and hard of hearing Americans with diverse perspectives, experiences, and abilities.
Common Myths About Deafness explains the truth behind some falsely understood myths about Deafness.
Why Do Sign Language Interpreters Look So Animated? If you’ve ever wondered, here is your answer.
Pushing Science’s Limits in Sign Language Lexicon is an article from The New York Times that shares about how the Deaf community is creating new scientific and enginering terms in American Sign Language for the Deaf who are interested in careers in those fields.
Through Deaf Eyes, a documentary provided by PBS.Watch this video to enjoy some Deaf poetry by Peter Cook.
Books in the Luria Library
The library catalog also has books related to the Deaf or American Sign Language, a few of which are featured below:
Deaf World: A Historical Reader and Primary Sourcebook, by Lois Bragg
Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology, by John Lee Clark
The American Sign Language Handshape Dictionary, by Richard A. Tennant and Marianne Gluszak Brown