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Deaf Persons Inner Dialogue

May 7, 2008 7 comments

I have a question for you. My girlfriends sister brought up an interesting conversation about the deaf persons inner dialogue. As a hearing person, I will never fully be able to understand this, but when you are thinking or day dreaming or just having inner dialogue with yourself, do you “hear” things in your head as you talk to yourself, or do you see pictures or more visual things? For example, do you see words or sentences in your head, instead of auditory? Or is there something else that is going on? I tried to explain to her that you know english, but she wasn’t understanding how you could have a thought without “hearing” it in your head.

Is there any way that I can explain this to her in an appropriate and PC way? I know that I probably have not asked this question appropriately, and it may not make sense, but I thought you would be a good person to ask.

Again, I apologize if I have asked this in any way that is offensive, I am having a hard time wording what it is I am asking. I am not completely aware when it comes to deaf culture.

Thank you!


Sarah, Section 601


Hi Sarah:

The brain has different ways of learning things if you can’t see…same with if you can’t hear….same if you are dyslexic and your brain flips letters around….you still learn to read. Someone asked a question when we were talking about how children learn to read. Since most hearing children learn to read by using phonics (sounding words out) the class got into a debate about how if you can’t hear….how do you learn to read…that’s when the whole lecture turned to shapes of letters….children can recognize their names before they can read….they don’t “hear” their name when they see it. It is triggered as recognition from seeing it …not hearing it. Its just a different way of learning. Words have sounds to people because they “say” them in their head while reading. But it is a symbolic language we have put sound to…it doesn’t have to have sound to understand. Just like you don’t have to hear to have thoughts in your head. Its kind of an odd question …how do you think without hearing things in your head? It is almost like asking if a blind person can see their dreams….and if they can’t, how can they dream?

Good Luck 🙂




Hi Eric,

Thank you for such as a quick response. You explained it much better than I did! I dont think she completely understands, but how can she, or I? We are not deaf. However, it was a perfect response to the question, and I thank you for it! It was an odd question, because you are correct, just because you cant hear doesnt mean you cant think. She was not understanding that, and neither was her psychology class, which is where the question was first broughtup. But, I now can explain it to her, and my mother, who also asked the same question, but I was unable to explain it in an effective way!

Thank you again!


Categories: Dear Fookem/Bug, Opinion

Travel News/ Sign-n-Tours / The amazing “Thousand Hand Guanyin”

March 4, 2008 Comments off

There will be a special amazing China deaf dancer troupe who will perform for Sign-n-Tours group in April 22. They are the “Thousands Hands Guanyin” who are extraordinary dancers. You may view the website below.

We are thrilled to be a part of this tour with a special show who will perform for us. See below

Also we will have special tour to a Deaf School.

Visit the website/

Dorothy Garner/ deaf owner/

SO beautiful!!!

There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, which is making the rounds across the net. Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf. Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute.

The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival this year.

ABC News-interview about TreeWise book by Deaf Author

February 29, 2008 4 comments

Dear Friends & Family;

My interview with ABC News in Chicago will air this Sunday, March 2nd during our 8 am show. I will come on around 8:15 to 8:30.

I also wanted to tell you that National Theatre of the Deaf has bought my story. They are working on adapting into the play for the national children tour. I am thrilled since the story will go out there to be shared. You may contact NTD for more info…

Aaron Kubey
Executive Director/President
The National Theatre of the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

Thank you for your support!

Best, Antoinette Abbamonte

A Climber’s Blind Determination

February 14, 2008 Comments off

I work on behalf of Hear the World, a non-profit initiative developed to raise awareness for the topic of hearing loss. This link ( will bring you to a story about Bill Barkeley, a Grand Rapids, MI man who suffers from Usher’s Syndrome, a unique disorder that affects both vision and hearing (only about 100,000 worldwide suffer from this). Bill has worn a hearing device since the age of 5, and his vision is slowly closing.

Recently, Bill decided to train to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (the 7th tallest mountain in the world) with the assistance of renowned climber Jeff Evans (It’s important to note that Bill never climbed a mountain of any kind prior to this trip). His decision to climb was both for his own personal satisfaction as well as to raise awareness for the issue of hearing loss and the mission of Hear the World. If possible, would you consider posting a message about this story in hopes to help continue to raise awareness about hearing loss, one of the world’s most preventable, yet most common disorders. Currently more than 500 million people worldwide have some form of hearing loss…. That number is expected to hit 700 million within the next 10 years.

As background, you may want to check out the below link to a Good Morning America clip from late-December that is sure to inspire!

Best regards,

Michael Sinatra

Categories: Dear Fookem/Bug

Rare Gallaudet Pictures

January 13, 2008 31 comments

Here (below) are some really neat photos of the Gallaudet campus that I found in the 1897 and 1907 annual reports.

My favorite is the “View from the farm” photo. That’s how the caption read. Someone stood in a field full of some crop that the students were growing and took the photo. You can see the Capitol Building in the distance.

It’s interesting that the students worked the farm to grow their own food and meat. I’m not sure what year the practice was discontinued, but in an early report, EMG wrote that it was necessary to grow food and raise meat on the campus because the school was so far from the market places!

The Columbia Institution for the Deaf annual reports from 1858 onwards are now available for downloading on the Wikipedia:

The files are the unabridged versions of the reports, with all the appendices, and names of students in attendance, etc.

–Brian Riley (guest blogger)

Gallaudet boys dormitory designed by a Gallaudet graduate (1897)

Gallaudet Chapel Hall porch and Tower Clock (1897)

Gallaudet dormitory for female students and pupils (1897)

Gallaudet dormitory for male students, cabinet shop and laboratory, College Hall (1897)

Gallaudet professors house and the gymnasium (1897)

Gallaudet statue of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Alice Cogswell (1897)

View of Gallaudet campus and Capitol building from the farm (1897)

College Hall and Chapel Hall (1907)

Gallaudet Alumni (July 1, 1907)


Enlargements from the alumni photo above:

George Veditz

Amos Draper

Samuel Porter

Edward Miner Gallaudet

John Hotchkiss

James Stewart

possibly Clyde Stevens

probaby George Andree

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