A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family Topics for Discussion

Lou Ann Walker
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What are some of the "tricks" Walker describes that her parents have developed to adapt to the hearing world?

What is the significance of the "Vanilla Fires" reference, and how does Walker apply it to her own life?

What reason does Walker give for deaf people's difficulty with the English language?

Why does Walker admire sign language? What does Walker think is remarkable about signers and sign language?

What are the two opposing schools of deaf education? What are the disadvantages of either school?

Explain two examples of deaf prejudice that lead to injustice that Walker provides when she is interpreting in New York City?

What is the nature of the mental/emotional breakdown Walker experiences? What was the root cause?

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