Article on cochlear implants and deaf children


This via the Deafhood group on Facebook: “Language acquisition for deaf children: Reducing the harms of zero tolerance to the use of alternative approaches” by Tom Humphries, Poorna Kushalnagar, Gaurav Mathur, Donna Jo Napoli, Carol Padden, Christian Rathmann and Scott R Smith. This article, in the Harm Reduction Journal 2012, 9:16 can be found in provisional format here.

Thank you …

… to everyone who braved the appalling weather last night to come and eat cake and drink fizzy wine and generally have a great old time at the launch of Visible Women by Christine Bell and Signs of Hope by me.  I think there were about 50 people there.  It was just lovely. Special thanks to Freya and Sarah for interpreting and to Sheila for organising the whole party!

Bella’s penguins


Today, deafhearingfamilylife, and Signs of Hope got a mention on Donna Williams’ blog, DeafFirefly. The reference to Bella’s penguins may be a little obscure. Some background: Bella (aged 10 at the time) was reflecting on her experience of being deaf, and of growing up in deaf and hearing worlds. She told me she thought deaf people were like fish, happily swimming underwater and that hearing people lived on land and couldn’t swim. Signing hearing people were like penguins.

But one day, perhaps we’d all get into space together. Who knows?


Donna West


Donna West is a sometimes researcher/lecturer, based in Bristol/London. This is a first attempt at wordpressing about her most recent project. She would like to stress that none of this would be possible without the generosity and trust of three fantastic families who invited her into their homes and lives for four years. Honorary doctorates all round.

Book Launch in Bristol

There will be a joint book launch on 25th April at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol.  Two books, both published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing will be launched.  The first, Visible Women: Tales of Age, Gender and In/Visibility is by Christine Bell.  The second is Signs of Hope: Deafhearing Family Life by Donna West.

The event is taking place in Room 410 of the Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA, from 5pm-7pm.

All welcome.  BSL interpreters are provided.

Book Launch