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Talking Hands introduces a little-known branch of cognitive science: the linguistic, psychological and neurological study of sign language. "In recent years, research in these areas has been vital in shedding new light on the ways in which all language works in the human mind." In the book, a group of linguists study and analyze the "signing village" of Al-Sayyid, a remote Bedouin community in Israel that, because of isolation and intermarriage, has a rate of deafness 40 times that of the general population.
An eight-month investigation by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has found that sexual abuse at the Washington School for the Deaf has been shattering the lives of deaf children for at least half a century. The Post-Intelligencer looked into reports of persistent sexual abuse at a state-run school for the deaf. The problem is plaguing deaf schools across the country. There were 160 sex-related incidents at the school in a three-year period. The investigation spawned external reviews of the school from the governor's office; reforms were suggested and a six-member watchdog panel was appointed to make sure they were put into place.
Dallas Morning News reveals how a local language school ripped off immigrants who wanted to learn English; the students signed contracts they couldn't read, learned almost nothing and then were harrassed to pay exorbitant fees even if they dropped out of the program after only a few classes, March 29, 1993.
The Nation exposes the problem of deaf prisoners who have never had the chance to learn sign language because of poverty; they are in a Catch-22: if they don't go to trial because of mental incompentence they must languish in a mental hospital but if they do they can't understand concepts like guilty or innocent, Oct. 4, 1993.
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