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 Man of a Thousand Faces

  The story begins with the founding of the Kansas School for the Deaf by Philip A. Emery, a deaf man who had been a student and teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf until 1860. Emery had come to Kansas to start a new life in a part of the country that was opening…

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