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June 1982

Dancing Without Music: Deafness in America

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(6):396. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790540068020

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An attempt has been made to analyze and categorize the problems of the deaf in today's world. The author, "a professional writer who was trained in cultural anthropology and linguistics," sets out as a reporter to describe the difficulties that the deaf have in communication, ie, the psychological factors of hereditary and environment, as well as the educational and vocational aspects.

Pointing out "the main occupational categories are printing, shoe repair and tailoring, and the main vocational training received are printing, carpentry, baking, cabinet work and shoe repair," the author deplores a lack of educational benefits and communication skills received by the deaf.

She believes a controversy in educational systems has damaged educational opportunities for the deaf and charges that a painful war exists between the "oral" and "manual" systems of learning, "crushing rational discussion in a vortex of passionate emotion."

The author makes a noble attempt to recognize and

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