If you're looking for some of the most groundbreaking books about the deaf and hard of hearing experience, you're in the right place.
Handwave Publication started up in 1997 with just one title: Deaf Again. It offered (and still offers) a rare, inside look at the Deaf Experience as seen through the eyes of someone who grew up in both the deaf and hearing worlds.
Deaf Again was supposed to be a one-and-done deal. A book that would allow one deaf person to say things that needed to be said, and then it would ride off into the sunset. But a funny thing happened on the book's journey into oblivion. It stuck around much longer than expected.
First, it went international. It got picked up by bookstores in England, Australia, and Germany. Emails from all over the world started pouring in. Emails along the lines of "This is exactly what I went through! I showed it to my family and friends. Finally, they understand." We wound up publishing updated editions, the most recent one being in 2019.
The primary reason for our updated editions? After our original work was published, more research emerged, research that validated a lot of what we said. We have added that research to the book.
Second, Deaf Again became required reading in many ASL / Deaf Studies classes throughout the United States. The reason for this is the book's ability to take its readers along for an enlightening ride. Anyone can read it and come out of it with a better understanding of what it means to be deaf. ("It's one thing to teach what deafness is," one teacher explained. "It's another to show what it feels like.")
This became the strong point of our books. They validate the experiences of deaf and hard of hearing people like no other.
We decided to keep going. More titles followed, most notably Madness in the Mainstream.
We're still growing. Coming soon: more books, ebooks, articles, and online courses.
All of the above are ideal for:
*While books can be purchased online, ASL / Deaf Studies classes and college bookstores are encouraged to contact us directly for discounted bulk orders.
More features will be added as we go along, pending feedback from our readers and current trends. In the meantime, welcome again to Handwave Publications.