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"Whats that Pig Outdoors?"
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(Review submitted by Anna)

What's that pig outdoors by Henry Kisor.

The autobiography of Henry Kisor is one of the most fascinating books that I've read.  Like many deaf people, Henry became deaf after a childhood illness.  But what is unusual for many people in his situation is that he grew up among hearing people using lip-reading as his method
of communication.

Despite his deafness he was always fascinated with words, he loved writing, and his dream was to become a journalist.  He was able to achieve this dream thanks (in my opinion) to his parents who always believed in him and have done a tremendous job giving him the best education that was possible, searching for the best teachers, and simply inspiring him with their unshakable belief that he could excel at anything he wants despite of what other people say (and in those days people knew little about deafness so they were pretty pessimistic about the learning abilities of the deaf)

Another great influence in his life was his teacher, Miss Mirrielees who had unconventional yet effective ways of teaching deaf children. After that, Henry attended another school where he also worked with some very dedicated teachers.  Surprising as it may sound, Kisor attributes
the success of his school to the fact that "the principal and his teachers knew little or nothing about the deaf.."  He explains why this was an advantage: "nobody had any preconceived ideas what deaf children could do or could not do."

Very informative is Kisor's description of the evolution of electronics to help the deaf people function in a hearing world.  I find his description of the history behind the TDD, CC (close captioning), cochlear implant, etc. very interesting.  [ISBN: 014014899X]



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