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New Materials

Fingerspelled Stories: Stories From 10 to 45 Words Per Minute

Fingerspelled stories are presented by a variety of people in a range of speeds from 10 to 45 WPM (words per minute).

Titles and times of stories presented:
10 WPM – Writing Systems
12 WPM – My Mother and I
12 WPM – The Guilty Dog
24 WPM – Understanding
25 WPM – Reading Stories
26 WPM – Tallahassee Rally
28 WPM – Ski Champ
30 WPM – A Simple Solution
35 WPM – Early Intervention
40 WPM – Coffee
40 WPM – Jokes
44 WPM – La Coquina

Dr. Sign
Gainesville, Fla. : M & M Multi-Media Productions, c2006
Twice Told Stories: Harry By the Sea

A story for children presented by Bernard Bragg, artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University. The story is presented twice: once in Signed English with a voice-over and once in ASL with open captions.

Eleanor Galloway, Faith Powell
[Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University, Dept. of Television, Film and Photography], c1986
Twice Told Stories: The North Wind and the Sun

A story for children presented by Bernard Bragg, artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University. The story is presented twice: once in Signed English with a voice-over and once in ASL with open captions.

Eleanor Galloway, Faith Powell
[Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University, Dept. of Television, Film and Photography], 2013, 1986
Twice Told Stories: The Hungry Fox and the Foxy Duck

A story for children presented by Bernard Bragg, artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University. The story is presented twice: once in Signed English with a voice-over and once in ASL with open captions.

Eleanor Galloway, Faith Powell
[Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University, Dept. of Television, Film and Photography], 2013, 1986
Twice Told Stories: Henny Penny

A story for children presented by Bernard Bragg, artist-in-residence at Gallaudet University. The story is presented twice: once in Signed English with a voice-over and once in ASL with open captions.

Eleanor Galloway, Faith Powell
[Washington, D.C. : Galludet University, Dept. of Television, Film and Photography], 2013, 1985
Foreign Language Series: Spanish

Visual grammar videotapes which use ASL to teach or reinforce Spanish language instruction that most hearing students learn in a two-year foreign language program (high school or college level). The vocabulary used in the examples is simple and repetitive. Emphasis is place on comparing English grammar with Spanish grammar. (A companion tape, “Why Bother to Teach Foreign Languages to Deaf Students?” also available.)

Nouns 17 min.
Reflexive Verbs 23 min.
Subject Pronouns and Verbs 28 min.
Possessive Pronouns 16 min.
Demonstrative Pronouns 16 min.
Direct Object Pronouns 25 min.
Indirect Object Pronouns 29 min.
Relative Pronouns 16 min.
Adjectives 17 min.
Possessive Adjectives 20 min.
Subjunctive 22 min.
Imperfect 20 min.
Ser vs Estar 18 min.
Por vs Para 18 min.
Gustar-to like 16 min.
Affirmative & Negative Idioms 20 min.
Telling Time 21 min.
Comparative/Superlative 32 min.

Gallaudet University
Washington, DC : Gallaudet University, 2013, [199-?]
Between Worlds: Interpreters, Guides, and Survivors

Spanning the globe and the centuries, Frances Karttunen tells the stories of sixteen men and women who served as interpreters and guides to conquerors, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, and anthropologists. These interpreters acted as uncomfortable bridges between two worlds; their own marginality, the fact that they belonged to neither world, underscores the complexity and tension between cultures meeting for the first time.

Between Worlds addresses the broadest issues of cross-cultural encounters, imperialism, and capitalism and gives them a human face.

Frances Karttunen
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1994
Read My Lips

Popularity is as easy as a good secret.

Serena just wants to fly under the radar at her new school. But Serena is deaf, and she can read lips really well-even across the busy cafeteria. So when the popular girls discover her talent, there's no turning back.

From skater chick to cookie-cutter prep, Serena's identity has done a 180...almost. She still wants to date Miller, the school rebel, and she's not ready to trade her hoodies for pink tees just yet. But she is rising through the ranks in the school's most exclusive clique.

With each new secret she uncovers, Serena feels pressure to find out more. Reading lips has always been her greatest talent, but now Serena just feels like a gigantic snoop...

Teri Brown
New York: Simon Pulse, 2008
Deaf Students Can be Great Readers!: Articles on Reading and Deafness


No topic is as frequently debated, or as hotly argued, as that of literacy in deaf children. Many approaches have been tried, and every approach has both its adherents and its success stories, as well as its detractors and its failures. In spite of this attention, the problem of literacy for deaf children has stubbornly refused to go away. In this book, a great deal of information on literacy in general and specifically in regards to deaf children is examined, summarized, and discussed by an educator/researcher in deaf deaf education and an educator/researcher in education. The former is also the parent of two deaf daughters, and a case study of the youngest deaf daughter is included. This case study dramatically illustrates the impact of thoughtful and ongoing application of information gathered from examining research in the educational treatment of a deaf child, who, at age 4, was nonhearing, nonspeaking, and had no spoken, signed, or written language--and who today is an A/B public school sophomore.

Thoughtful consideration of the information in this book should lead educators of deaf youth to formulate, reinforce, or revise their own ideas on how to solve the ongoing problem of literacy, not only for deaf children, but for other children with language-development problems. -- Gerilee Gustason, Ph.D.

Barbara Luetke-Stahlman and Diane Corcoran Nielsen
Los Alamitos, Ca. : Modern Sign Press, 2004
Telling Tales in ASL: From Literature to Literacy

Teleconference taped from a live broadcast from Gallaudet University on April 18, 1997. A panel composed of educators and professionals introduce the basic concepts of literature in American Sign Language and discuss its applications to classrooms serving one or more students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Pretaped video segments of ASL literary works enhance the understanding of the principles and strategies used in the discussions. *Accompanying packet of written materials available.

Gallaudet University
Washington, DC : Gallaudet University, 2013, 1997
Better English Through Sign

A continuing series of programs for English language instruction and improvement for deaf students.

Part 1: Introduction
Verb Endings (-ed, -ing)

Part 2: Articles
Subject/verb agreement(each, every, all)

Part 3: Verb I (v+v+ing)
Verb II (passive)

Part 4: Time & Place
Prepositions (in, on, at)

Bernard Bragg
[S.l.] : Gallaudet College Television, 2013, 1983
Access: Deaf Patrons in the Library

This DVD is designed to assist library staff in recognizing, communicating with, and accessing library materials and programs for the deaf patron. It will help librarians to minimize frustration and maximize their ability to serve deaf people.

produced by the National Academy of Gallaudet College
Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet College Television, 2013, 1983
Another Handful of Stories

Thirty-seven stories by and about Deaf people. This volume in the “Deaf Storytellers Series” has 24 storytellers relating their experiences growing up Deaf in a hearing world. There are also fantasy tales and anecdotes that introduce some fascinating Deaf characters. This series is a valuable resource for language and reading classes, sign language classes, and Deaf clubs and associations.

DVD Two:
The Ideal Preacher: Henry Holter
The World’s Largest Picture: Carl N. Schroeder
My Summer Experience: Heimo I. Antila
My First Deaf Model: Lynn Jacobowitz
Some Funny Things Happened on my Way...: Tom Holcomb
Itchy Story: Heimo I. Antila
My Life at Kendall Green: Agnes Padden
Douglas Craig, M.M.: Heimo I. Antila
Thanksgiving Tug-of- War: Don Padden
College Hall Revisited: Francis Higgins
Do Deaf People Have Ears?: Francis Higgins

DVD Four:
Why Hearing Minors Got Up Late One Morning: Francis Higgins
A Ghost Story: Cheryl Shevlin
Oops!: Francis Higgins
Poor Beethoven : Francis Higgins
Candy or Death: Robert G. Sanderson
The First Deaf Postmaster: Hubert Anderson, Jr.

DVD Five:
An Embarrassing Moment: Leon Auerbach
A Close Brush With Death: Frances M. Parsons
Some People Just Can’t Read: Leon Auerbach
Rudi and Me: H. Paul Menkis

DVD Six:
Mr. Orman and Susie: May Curtis
The Windows of My Life: Mel Carter, Jr.
Rich Girl, Poor Girl: Hortense Auerbach
Church Experiences: Nathie Couthen
How I Learned About My Deafness H. Paul Menkis

DVD Seven:
A Summer in Los Angeles: Don Pettingill
Spelling: May Curtis
My Experiences in School: Carolyn McCaskill
Born Deaf and Free: Frances M. Parsons

*Accompanying book available

produced by Roslyn Rosen, Mariann Sasseen, Barbara Kannapell; directed by Larry Ashley
[Washington, D.C.] : Division of Public Services, Gallaudet College, 2013, [1984?]
A Handful of Stories

37 stories told by deaf people about deaf people which relate their experiences growing up deaf in a hearing world and retell stories of historical significance to the deaf culture.

Tape 1:
My First Summer Job Bernard Bragg
Trapped! Debbie Sonnenstrahl
The Eavesdropper Jack Gannon
POW! Michael Schwartz
My Horse and I Mary Beth Miller

Tape 2:
Spaced Out! Jerry Jordan
Gallaudet Theater on Broadway Eric Malzkuhn
Man’s Best Friend Matt Searls
Have Interpreter Will Talk Ed Corbett, Jr.

Tape 3:
Laurent Clerc: The Greatest Teacher of all Time Gilbert Eastman

Tape 4:
Me or We Frank Turk
Look or Listen Ray Parks
The Case of the Missing Scissors Barbara Kannapell
That Look of Envy Jack Gannon
A Little Bit at a Time Mary Beth Miller

Tape 5:
Applause for Eyes to See Bernard Bragg
On My Own Debbie Sonnenstrahl
The Stand-In Eric Malzkuhn
Our Paths Crossed Again Dr. Thomas Mayes
Caught in a Riot Michael Schwartz
My ABC Book Mary Beth Miller

Tape 6:
The Importance of Bilingual Education for the Deaf Barbara Kannapell
Life with Brian Eric Malzkuhn

Tape 7:
Deaf Pilots Jack Gannon
Experience is a Great Teacher Florence Crammatte
The U.S.S. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet Jack Gannon
Here We Go Again Nancy Rarus
The Letter I Wrote But Never Mailed Barbara Kannapell
My Present Aspiration Ray Parks

Tape 8:
Lessons Learned From My Elders Frank Turk
Bar Talk Jack Gannon

Tape 9:
Through An Act of God Debbie Sonnenstrahl
Sink or Swim Michael Schwartz
How I Lied My Way to the Bottom Dr. Thomas Mayes
What I Learned About Irish Sign Language Bernard Bragg
Impossible Dream? Dr. Thomas Mayes
Gallaudet and I Nancy Rarus
* Accompanying book available

Gallaudet College, Television Department
[Washington, D.C.] : Gallaudet College, 2013, 1980
My Third Eye

Provides entertaining insights into the world of the deaf through skits, a circus side show and a sign language sing-along performed by the National Theater of the Deaf.

O'Neill Theater Center ; National Theatre of the Deaf ; WTTV / Chicago ; staged and directed for television by George Bunge
Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University, 2013, 1973
Moving Pictures, Moving Hands: The Story of Ernest Marshall

An interview with Ernest Marshall on his experience on being the first deaf film pioneer. Ernest explains about how he first decided to make feature films in ASL for deaf people, and he shares his experiences in creating those different films. Ernest talks about his life growing up, and how the deaf people would travel from 60 to 260 miles just to see his deaf film.

written by Don Bangs ; a presentation of World Beyond Sound in association with Century Southwest Cable Inc., Santa Monica, Ca
San Diego, Calif. : Dawn Sign Press, 2013, 1987
Access for All: Integrating Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Preschoolers

This DVD presents child care providers, other early childhood educators, and administrators considering an integrated child care setting, exactly what is necessary to integrate a deaf or hard of hearing child into a mainstream child care setting. It is divided into three parts:

1. Info on Deafness (28 min.): Facts about Deaf people, their language and culture; audiological aspects of hearing loss; and use of assistive devices.

2. Interagency Collaboration (20 min.): Components needed to establish and implement formal relationships between local agencies serving Deaf and hard of hearing children and early education programs.

3. Inclusion and Adaptation (23 min.): Environmental modifications needed to make early childhood programs accessible for Deaf and hard of hearing children.

* A book by the same title is also available.

Gail Solit, Maral Taylor, & Angela Bednarczyk
Washington, DC : Gallaudet University, 1992
Literacy: Share the Word

Teleconference taped from live broadcast from Gallaudet University on Nov. 13, 1996. Panels composed of parents and professionals share strategies on how to increase the literacy skills of deaf and hard of hearing children. Through videotaped demonstrations, viewers will learn how to read aloud to deaf and hard of hearing children using techniques based on current research into how deaf parents read to their children. Accompanying packet of written materials available.

Washington, D.C. : Gallaudet University Television, 2013, 1996
The Americans with Disabilities Act: Access for Deaf Americans

Highlights the rights and responsibilities of deaf and hard-of-hearing people under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  Can be used as a training tool for both individual study and group settings such as workshops or the classroom.  * A companion book, The ADA & You:  A Guide for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People, is available.

[Washington, DC : National Academy at Gallaudet University], c1992[Washington, DC : National Academy at Gallaudet University], c1992
Deaf American Prose 1980 - 2010

In Deaf life, the personal narrative holds sway because most Deaf individuals recall their formative years as solitary struggles to understand and to be understood. Few deaf people in the past related their stories in written form, relying instead on a different kind of “oral” tradition, that of American Sign Language. During the last several decades, however, a burgeoning bilingual deaf experience has ignited an explosion of Deaf writing that has pushed the potential of ASL-influenced English to extraordinary creative heights. Deaf American Prose: 1980–2010 presents a diverse cross-section of stories, essays, memoirs, and novel excerpts by a remarkable cadre of Deaf writers that mines this rich, bilingual environment.

The works in Deaf American Prose frame the Deaf narrative in myriad forms: Tom Willard sends up hearing patronization in his wicked satire “How to Write Like a Hearing Reporter” Terry Galloway injects humor in “Words,” her take on the identity issues of being hard of hearing rather than deaf or hearing. Other contributors relate familiar stories about familiar trials, such as Tonya Stremlau’s account of raising twins, and Joseph Santini’s short story of the impact on Deaf and hearing in-laws of the death of a son. The conflicts are well-known and heartfelt, but with wrinkles directly derived from the Deaf perspective.

Jennifer Nelson and Kristen Harmon, editors
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2012
Deaf American Prose 1830-1930

This new anthology showcases the works of Deaf writers during a critical formative period in their history.  From 1830 to 1930, these writers conveyed their impressions in autobiographies, travel narratives, romances, nonfiction short stories, editorials, descriptive pieces, and other forms of prose. The quick, often evocative snapshots and observations featured here, many explicitly addressing deafness and sign language, reflect their urgency to record Deaf American life at this pivotal time. Using sensory details, dialogue, characterization, narrative movement, and creative prose, these writers emphasized the capabilities of Deaf people to counter events that threatened their way of life.

Jennifer L. Nelson and Kristen C. Harmon, editors
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2013
On the Beat of Truth: A Hearing Daughter's Stories of Her Black Deaf Parents

As an African American woman born in 1943, Maxine Childress Brown possessed a unique vantage point to witness the transformative events in her parents' lives. Both came from the South -- her father, Herbert Childress, from Nashville, TN, and her mother, Thomasina Brown, from Concord, NC. The oldest of three daughters, Maxine was fascinated by her parents' stories. She marveled at how they raised a well-respected, middle-class family in the midst of segregation with the added challenge of being deaf.

Her parents met in Washington, DC, where they married and settled down. Her father worked as a shoe repairman for $65 per week for more than 15 years. A gifted seamstress, her mother gave up sewing to clean houses. Because of their modest means, Maxine and her sisters lived more than modest lives. When Maxine's tonsils became infected, her parents could not afford the operation to have them removed. For her high school prom, her mother bought her a dress on credit because she had no time to sew. Herbert Childress showed great love for his young daughters, but events turned him to bitterness and to drink. Throughout all, Thomasina encouraged her girls, always urging them to excel. She demanded their honest best with her signature phrase, her flat hand raised from her mouth straight up in the air, “on the beat of truth.”

Maxine Childress Brown
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2013