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ESL practice reading exercises
All readings adapted from “Interesting Deaf Americans.” Washington, DC: Gallaudet University.
Shirley Allen: Follow Every Rainbow
Adapted from Living Legends. Butte Publications, Inc.
Adapted from Interesting Deaf Americans. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University.
Robert Davila: The Diplomat
Adapted from Living Legends II. Butte Publications, Inc.
Juliette Gordon Low
Laura Redden Searing
Luther Haden Taylor
The Influence of Alexander G. Bell
Adapted from Deaf Heritage: A Student Text and Workbook. National Association of the Deaf.
The Civil War Years
The Early Years
Causes of Hearing Loss
American Sign Language
The National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
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