Once engrossed in Anne Fadiman's "Love in a Silent World," I could not help but feel this writer really got it all down on paper. Deaf since birth, I grew up in a hearing school and fortunately went to Gallaudet College to learn sign language and earn my degree. Reading her article was just like living my life all over again, and it was a joy knowing that I have made the right decision by acquiring a second primary language, American Sign Language. Fadiman is to be commended for her rare ability to perceive something she cannot experience and for being able to describe it in words for the world to read.
William M. Kemp
Coordinator Sign Language
Training Gallaudet College
As the hearing mother of two deaf children (now adults), I have always found it difficult to explain to friends and associates that our deaf children live in a separate world. With the invaluable aid of Fadiman's article, my task becomes easier.