Deaf Resources

This guide lists books, e-books, DVDs, websites and articles in the SUNY Adirondack Library about about deafness, American Sign Language and related topics. Contact the college's Accessibility Services office for more assistance.

Search Words

On the SUNY Adirondack Library's search box, try subjects like these: 
American Sign Language
Hearing impaired children
Cochlear Implants

Find Articles

Use the search box on the library's home page and limit the search to Articles, or click the link below to search specific databases for magazine and journal articles. 

Websites With More

Here are links to more information from SUNY Adirondack's Accessibility Services office, as well as other libraries around the U.S. (Ask a librarian if SUNY Adirondack students can access certain databases mentioned in other libraries' guides.)

DVDs About Deafness

You can watch these DVDs in the library.

Chowder, Ken. Through deaf eyes
DVD HV 2530 .T47 2007
Abstract: "Explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. Presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of deaf citizens. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven throughout the documentary that complement the core of the film."

Tennant, Richard A.  The American Sign Language handshape dictionary
DVD HV2475 .T461 2007
Abstract: "Allows viewers to access signs and and some video chips of more than 1,400 words and 40 basic handshapes. Shows how each sign is formed from beginning to end. Each sign also includes a complete list of English glosses and synonyms from the Handshape dictionary for reference."

Wann, Keith. Watching two worlds collide
DVD HQ 759.912 .W836 2008
Abstract: "Comedian Keith Wann gives a performance in American Sign Language, telling of his experiences growing up as a child of deaf adults (CODA). He talks about the differences between the deaf and hearing worlds and the sometimes hilarious things that happen when they collide."

Mozer, Richard. Beethoven lives upstairs
DVD M3.1.B42 B46 2002
Abstract: "At first, ten-year-old Christoph resents the eccentric boarder who enters his home, but slowly he comes to understand the torment of Ludwig van Beethoven’s deafness, and appreciate his genius and the beauty of his music." (Language Note: closed-captioned; optional French and Spanish soundtracks.)

Books About Cochlear Implants

Circulating Books:
You may borrow circulating books like this for four weeks. 

Blume, Stuart S. The artificial ear: cochlear implants and the culture of deafness
Circulating Collection RF 305 .B58 2010
Electronic Books:
The library has thousands of electronic books, including the one below. Copy and paste the title into the search box on the library's home page. Then click the link to the ebook, log in with your student username/password, and start reading!

  • Better hearing with cochlear implants  (2012)

Books on American Sign Language

Electronic Books about ASL

These are electronic books. Copy and paste the titles into the book search box on the library's home page. Then click the link to the e-book, log in with your student username/password, and start reading!

  • Marschark, Marc. Sign language interpreting and interpreter education directions for research and practice
  • Froude, Jenny  Making sense in sign a lifeline for a deaf child
  • Vermeerbergen, Myriam. Simultaneity in signed languages form and function
  • Daniels, Marilyn. Dancing with words signing for hearing children’s literacy

Deaf Fiction

Books About Deaf History

Lane, Harlan L. When the mind hears: a history of the deaf
Circulating Collection HV 2530 .L36 1984 (may be borrowed for four weeks)

Burch, Susan. Unspeakable : the story of Junius Wilson
Circulating Book HV2534.W54 B87 2007 (may be borrowed for four weeks)

Ryan, Donna F. Deaf people in Hitler’s Europe
Ebook HV2746 .D43 2002eb (click on link and log in to read)

Books about Deafness

Electronic Books About Deafness

These electronic books are purchased through a subscription to ProQuest Ebook Central. Copy and paste the titles into the book search box on the library's home page. Then click the link to the e-book, log in with your student username/password, and start reading! 

  • Oliva, Gina A.  Alone in the mainstream: a deaf woman remembers public school
  • Lang, Harry G.  Edmund Booth: deaf pioneer
  • Ladd, Paddy. Understanding deaf culture: in search of deafhood
  • Barrow, Lauren M. Criminal victimization of the deaf  
  • Morris, Wayne. Theology without words: theology in the deaf community

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