This web is not only about pedagogical implications for and about deaf students, but about the institution's response to a group of disabled students who have traditionally been labeled unworthy of college. There is much that has been done in terms of teaching disabled students and teaching deaf students, but there is precious little written to help the hearing teacher reach deaf students. And yet there can not be a "same" here; the difference is too great. "When the tables are turned and conversation is received through the eye and generated by the hand, as is the case of sign language, most people assume we are no longer dealing with language as such" (Davis, 884). Linguistic terms (phoneme, morpheme, transformational rules) do not seem to exist as such, nor is there easy transliteration between ASL and English (as there is no easy translation between languages). The difference lies in what Davis has named the deafened moment, and through that realization that ASL is language, but a language different from any variety of spoken English(es) and different from standard written English.

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