9781563681042

Orchid of the Bayou : A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness

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  • ISBN13:

    9781563681042

  • ISBN10:

    1563681048

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-02-02
  • Publisher: GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PRESS

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Summary

"Mama knew I was 'not right'" Kitty Fischer says of her early childhood in Louisiana. Even though her mother never said it, Kitty knew she meant "deaf and dumb." Her communication difficulties were compounded by the bias her family endured for being Cajun. But Fischer excelled at the Louisiana School for the Deaf, and left her Cajun roots far behind for Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. After graduating and marrying her college sweetheart Lance, a Deaf Jewish man from New York, Kitty settled in, working as a librarian and raising a family. Eventually, though she could no longer ignore her increasing tunnel vision. Doctors quickly confirmed that she had Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that eventually leads to blindness. While Fischer struggled to come to terms with her condition, the high incidence of Usher syndrome among Cajun peoples led her to reexamine and reclaim her cultural heritage. Today Fischer prospers, enjoying her time with family and friends and celebrating the Deaf, Cajun, Blind, and Jewish cultures that shape her life. Her lively story

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction ix
Devil Child
1(11)
A School for Kitty
12(10)
``I Don't Think She's Retarded''
22(8)
A Seasoned Student
30(18)
Home and School: Ever the Twain
48(18)
Mama
66(12)
Life After Mama
78(10)
Two Revolutions: My School, My Soul
88(14)
At Home At School
102(12)
Jeanette and David
114(13)
``You Should Be Proud''
127(14)
Gallaudet: McDonald's In Thailand
141(13)
The Race to Who We Are
154(11)
Summer of '67
165(15)
An End to All That
180(12)
The Reentry of a Coed
192(12)
Kitty and Lance: An Item
204(13)
Why Me?
217(11)
``Yes, I have Usher Syndrome''
228(6)
Catherine: Acadian and Cajun
234(11)
On with the Party
245

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