Part Biography and part commentary you will find delightful and engaging stories based on the life experience of a Professor of Deaf Studies. The book explores important aspects of Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community of today.

Kim Harrell


"How in the world did a deaf guy become an elected politician?" That's the question almost everyone has when they meet Gary Malkowski and learn that he served as a Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament in the early 1990s.This biography of Malkowski answers all the questions about his early life in Canada and how he came to be a political leader representing thousands of East York (Toronto) residents in Ontario's provincial parliament.Deaf Politician follows Gary from being born deaf into an immigrant, working-class family in Hamilton, Ontario through his education at Gallaudet Univers

Richard Medugno


The author provides a firsthand insight into his life as a trailblazer who, despite being deaf, became a successful athlete, father, coach, and life mentor in a hearing world. 

From the book cover:

"Lost his hearing at the age of three
Dreamt of being an airline pilot
Came close to racing motorcycles
Became a high school basketball star
Was a multiple volleyball champion
Represented USA Men's Volleyball
Now a well-known volleyball legend
Helped others reach for their dreams
Never learned or used sign language"

Brian Ehlers


Get Your Elbow Off the Horn is a collection of interactions and observations written by Jack R. Gannon, a lifelong advocate for the Deaf community. Warm and amusing, Gannon's stories begin with his rural childhood in the Ozarks and continue through his experiences as a student, educator, coach, husband, parent, and community leader. These vignettes reveal a down-to-earth family man who believed in making a difference one person at a time. Many of his recollections are brief sketches that reveal much about being Deaf--and about being human.

Jack R. Gannon


Police found John Doe No. 24 in the early morning hours of October 11, 1945, in Jacksonville, Illinois. Unable to communicate, the deaf and mute teenager was labeled "feeble minded" and sentenced by a judge to the nightmarish jumble of the Lincoln State School and Colony in Jacksonville. He remained in the Illinois mental health care system for over thirty years and died at the Sharon Oaks Nursing Home in Peoria on November 28, 1993.

Dave Bakke


Ann Silver: One Way, Deaf Way gives you entry into the life and art of an incredible woman who has done much with her life. She has traveled the world. She has met several presidents and prime ministers. She has charmed her way into situations and into places few would imagine possible for anyone. To say that she is a remarkable person is to miss the mark. While barely 20 and an undergraduate, along with a few others, she started the Deaf Art Movement. By 25 her artwork had been published in over 10 books.

James W. Van Manen


Powered On is the uplifting, true story of Sarah Churman's amazing transition from a life without natural hearing to a new world of sound. Nearly three decades after being born profoundly deaf, an advancement in technology allowed Sarah to hear the voices of her own children clearly for the very first time.

Sarah Churman


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


Doris Herrmann was born deaf in 1933 in Basel, Switzerland, and from the age of three, she possessed a mystical attraction to kangaroos. She recalls seeing them at that age for the first time at the Basel Zoo, and spending every spare moment visiting them from then on. Eventually, her fascination grew into passionate study of their behavior. Her dedication caught the attention of the zookeepers who provided her greater access to these extraordinary animals.

Doris Herrmann ; with Michael Gaida and Theres Johl ; translated by Paul Foster