Gallaudet, Bell & The Sign Language Controversy

  title={Gallaudet, Bell \& The Sign Language Controversy},
  author={Barry A. Crouch},
  journal={Sign Language Studies},
  pages={71 - 80}
  • B. A. Crouch
  • Published 2 October 2013
  • Education
  • Sign Language Studies
In a recent essay,"The Revolution of the Deaf," in The New York Review of Books, Oliver Sacks, citing the Winefield book, states that Edward Miner Gallaudet and Alexander Graham Bell "were about as different as two human beings can be." This perception is, however, only partially true. To be sure, as Sacks notes, Gallaudet and Bell were "the sons of deaf mothers (but mothers with completely different attitudes to their own deafness), each passionately devoted to the deaf in his own way". 1 In…