Monday, February 14, 2011

The People of the Eye

A new book takes a look at the history of deaf people in American. The People of the Eye: Deaf Ethnicity and Ancestry argues that the people who use of sign language are a distinctive ethnic group and are not disabled. The book, published by Oxford University Press, includes the ancestries of Deaf families dating back to the 17th century, as the authors trace more than 200 lineages. The authors include Northeastern University psychology professor Harlan Lane, Boston University School of Medicine psychiatry professor Richard Pillard, and Gallaudet University's Director of Deaf Library Collections and Archives, Ulf Hedberg. Find out more about the book here.