The International Deafness Controversy of 1880

One of the first concepts learned in deaf education or aural rehabilitation courses is the controversy over sign language (manualism) vs. oralism.  There is an undertone that oralism is better than manualism. It has been the root of much discussion in the deaf community as well as among educational and medical professionals since the inception of formal sign language…

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The Graying of Bell’s Telephone Patent: Part II

The invention of the telephone seems to be a worldwide mess in terms of who first invented the device.  There seems to be great financial disparity between who invented it and those that patented it. It’s an interesting story of those who had nothing, coming up with a revolutionary idea and ensuring that it worked,…

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