- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 28, 2001

Books

• "Wired for Sound: A Journey Into Hearing," by Beverly Biderman, Trifolium Books Inc., 1998. This book is one woman's chronicle of her deafness and the decision to get a cochlear implant.

• "The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community," by Harlan L. Lane, Dawn Sign Press, 2000. This deaf-culture advocate explains his view of how the scientific, medical and educational community is harming the deaf rather than helping them.

• "Choices in Deafness: A Parents' Guide to Communication Options," by Sue Schwartz, Woodbine House, 1996. This book looks at different technological and educational options for deaf children.

Associations

• American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Md. 20852. Phone: 888/321-ASHA. Web site: www.asha.org. This professional association offers research news, referrals to speech and hearing professionals, and facts about cochlear implants.

• The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. Phone: 202/337-5220. Web site: www.agbell.org. This advocacy group for the deaf has information about cochlear implants as well as other issues and resources for the deaf and hard of hearing.

• National Association of the Deaf, 814 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20910. Phone: 301/587-1788. Web site: www.nad.org. This deaf advocacy group recently updated its policy statement on cochlear implants.

• The Cochlear Implant Association, 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015. Phone: 202/895-2781. Web site: www.cici.org. This nonprofit association provides information, including manufacturer's information, and publications for persons with implants.

On line

• An extensive site about the cochlear implant debate can be found at www.pbs.org/wnet/soundandfury. The site, produced in conjunction with a film that examines one family's choices about implants (to be aired on PBS later this year), features facts about cochlear implants and a debate on both sides of the issue.


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