Deaf Again Autoresponder Course Now Available on Deaf Culture Online

Welcome to the Deaf Again autoresponder course!

By signing up for this course (via the form at the bottom of this page) you will gain access to notes and lessons from a nationally-acclaimed presentation based on the book Deaf Again. You will receive it in seven different installments. It’s been divided up in such a manner so that ASL/Deaf Studies teachers can incorporate the information into their respective curriculums if they wish.

When Deaf Again was first published in 1997 the intent was to provide an empowering book for deaf readers to show their family and friends and say, This is exactly how I felt. And that's exactly what happened. Soon afterward, demand skyrocketed and revised editions were published in 2000, 2005, and 2008.

Deaf Again soon became required reading in several 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.")

The book continues to unearth the importance of discovering one's own deaf identity and its power lies in its frame of reference. As a hearing toddler, hard of hearing child, deaf teenager and culturally Deaf adult, you could say I've been around the block (and then some). And as I shifted from one perspective to the other, I found that a rewarding growing process took place.

Years later this growing process would eventually be referred to as Deafhood. As opposed to “deafness” as something static or something that needs to be fixed, it’s more like a continuing state of change where your experiences and perspectives shape who you are and what you become. Regardless of how you view your deaf identity, it is constantly evolving. (The only constant, as the old saying goes, is change.)

To know oneself is freedom. It wasn't by design (all I wanted to do was tell the world it's okay to be deaf), but the universal truths in Deaf Again have emancipated countless people from restrictive beliefs or situations in their lives.

A lot of these beliefs and situations aren't even deaf-related. It has warmed my heart beyond words when I've received comments about people stepping forward, becoming more assertive, adopting a "can do" attitude, and reclaiming their lives. The emphasis on living an authentic life -- as opposed to living a lie -- is usually what triggers change.

It is my hope that when you read through this autoresponder course you'll find your own truth. It doesn’t even matter if you agree or disagree with any of the content. Any reaction you get, positive or negative, reaffirms who you are. For many people, their reaction evolves into an awakening. And that’s what life is all about.

Ready to begin an exciting 7-day journey? Fill out the form below and you're ready to go. (As always, none of the information you provide will ever be given to a third party. We hate spam as much as you do!)

Best regards,

Mark Drolsbaugh

Deaf Again Autoresponder Course

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