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Useful Reading

Most of the organisations listed in this chapter will have free or low-cost leaflets and books.

Feel free to have a look at their website or send off for a list of their publications. We have also included some books, leaflets and videos that have been particularly recommended by Deaf parents and professionals working with Deaf parents.

There are many books and videos for Parents of Deaf Children and Children’s story books. Here are a few of many ~

Another useful websites to look at are:

For Parents of a Deaf Baby

  • When your Child is Deaf: A guide for Parents: Paperback (David Luterman & Mark Ross)

For Parents of a Deaf Child

  • Raising and Educating a Deaf Child: Paperback (Marc Marshark)
  • You and Your Deaf Child: A self-help guide for parents of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children: Paperback (John W Adams)
  • Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children: Paperback (Denise Chapman Weston)

Communicating with your Deaf Child

  • The Signing Family: Paperback (D A Stewart, B Luetke-Stahlman)
  • Deaf Children Talking: The Parents guide to the Natural Aural Approach: Loos-leaf
  • An Introduction to Cued Speech: Paperback (Cued Speech Association)

Signing with a Deaf Baby

  • My First Signs: Board book (Illustrated by Annie Kubler)

Signed Stories for Young Deaf Children

  • Opposites & Happy Birthday: Board Book (A. Bednarczyk & J. Weinstock)
  • Songs in Sign for Children: Spiral-bound (Elaine McBean – Cleveland Sign Resource Project, Beverly School for the Deaf)
  • Washing Day: Spiral-bound (Ian Beharrell)

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) publications:

BILD has produced a very good booklet about pregnancy and childbirth. The booklet is easy to understand and has lots of pictures.

To order/purchase a copy contact Plymbridge Distributors on 01752 202301 (voice) or e-mail

  • Your Good Health – Pregnancy and Childbirth ISBN 1 902519 884
  • I Want to be a Good Parent – Book 2
    Children need healthy food ISBN 1 873791 41 0
  • I Want to be a Good Parent – Book 3
    Children need to be clean, healthy & warm ISBN 1873791 461
    Tips for using nappies, dealing with nappy rash, washing and cleaning baby and potty training.
  • I Want to be a Good Parent – Book 4
    Children need to be safe- ISBN 1 873791 51 8- Covers the skills needed to keep babies and young children safe in and around the home and in the local community.
  • I Want to be a Good Parent – Book 5
    Children need love- ISBN 1 873791 56 9- Includes an overview, getting ready for baby, providing stimulation and encouraging independence.

For further information, contact BILD on:

Campion House,
Green Street,
Worcestershire, DY10 1JL
Tel: 01562 723010
Fax: 01562 723029

Change publications

You can get the following publications from Change, some of which can be purchased directly from them. They use lots of pictures and very little writing.

  • Depo-Provera
  • Planning a baby
  • How you can prepare for getting pregnant
  • How you get pregnant
  • How you can have a better chance of getting pregnant
  • You and your baby 0 – 1 year
  • Picture banks on parenting

All are available from:

Units 19 and 20,
Unity Business Centre,
26 Roundhay Road,
LS7 1AB.
Telephone 0113 243 0202
Textphone 0113 243 2225
Fax 0113 243 0220

Department of Health publications

You can get a range of publications from the Department of Health.

  • Consent – what you have a right to expect, a guide for parents
  • How to bottle feed
  • How to breastfeed
  • The Pregnancy Book, 2001

This book is given free to all first time mothers in England but you can also buy it if you contact the Department of Health. All are available from the Department of Health.

Telephone 08701 555 455
Textphone 01623 756236
Fax 01623 724524

DPPi publications

DPPi publishes a range of plain English factsheets for deaf parents.

  • Antenatal appointments.
  • Deaf families – information for deaf and hard of hearing parents.
  • Deaf parent and family groups.
  • Labour.
  • The maternity ward.
  • DPPi’s Pregnancy & Childbirth DVD in BSL.

All are available from DPPi

National Childbirth Trust publications

The National Childbirth Trust publishes a complete range of books about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, including:

  • Complete Book Of Pregnancy.
    NCT National Childbirth Trust. 2000. (Thorsons in collaboration with National Childbirth Trust Publishing).
  • Feelings after Birth. The NCT book of Postnatal Depression. Heather Welford. 2002. (National Childbirth Trust Publishing).

All are available from the National Childbirth Trust Maternity Sales.

Telephone: 0870 112 1120

RNID publications

RNID publishes a wide range of information for deaf and hard of hearing people. The following factsheets may be of particular interest to deaf parents and parents-to-be:

  • Baby monitors – information for deaf and hard of hearing people, 2003.
  • The Disability Discrimination Act (1995) (DDA) – a guide for deaf and hard of hearing customers, 2003.
  • Genetics and deafness, 2004.
  • The Human Rights Act 1998 – information for deaf and hard of hearing people, 2003.
  • Middle ear conditions, 2003.
  • Newborn Hearing Screening, 2003.
  • Pregnancy & Birth: a guide for Deaf women by Sabina Iqbal.

Pregnancy & Birth: a guide for Deaf women

This new book provides clear information about the key things that mothers-to-be need to know when they are pregnant. It is an easy-to-read book giving clear explanations for all medical words, as well as plenty of illustrations and photos. Sabina Iqbal, the author, is a Deaf Sign Language user who has been researching deaf parenting issues since 2001. A panel of deaf mothers and experts from the legal DDA, information and maternity fields advised Sabina as she was writing the book.

“As a deaf mother, I found the book clear, heart-warming and fun to read” – Laraine Callow, Director of Deafworks.

Deaf fathers and health-care professionals working with deaf parents-to-be will also find the book useful. The book provides information and real stories that aim to increase deaf awareness amongst health-care professionals.

Issues for deaf women include:

  • Feeling scared during the birth due to doctors not being able to communicate in BSL in emergency situations.
  • Being chastised by staff who are not deaf aware, for not attending to a crying baby that they are unable to hear.
  • Not being able to understand the midwife or having problems booking interpreters.

An RNID publication retailing at £14.99 (plus £2.50 p&p), this book can be ordered directly:

Tel: 0808 808 0123
Text 0808 808 9000

All are available from the RNID Information Line (see Deaf and Hard of Hearing people section for contact details).

Other publications

  • Life After Birth. Kate Figes. 2000. (Penguin).
  • Annabel Karmel’s Complete First Year Planner: In association with Great Ormond Street Hospital. Annabel Karmel. 2003. (Ebury Press).
  • Pregnancy Question and Answer book. Dr Christopher Lees, Dr Karina Reynolds and
    Grainne McCartan. 2002. (Dorling Kindersley).
  • Your Child at Play – Birth to One Year. Discovering the Senses and Learning About
    the World. Marilyn Segal, Wendy Masi. 2000. (Vermilion).
  • First-time parents. Dr Miriam Stoppard. 2001 (Dorling Kindersley).

Useful books, references and bibliographies

This list of useful books/references/bibliography are very useful to assist Deaf parents and professionals, students, researchers in their research on Deaf parenting issues. To learn more on Deaf Parenting research and to share your work, please go to our Research page.

Adams (1997) ‘You and your Deaf Child: A Self-Help for Parents of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children‘ listed in Forest Bookshop (2000/2001) Mail Order catalogue, UK.

Asian Community Services Center

Barker, L.T & Maralani, V. (1997),Challenges and Strategies of Disabled Parents: Findings from a National Survey of Parents with Disabilities Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley, CA, USA

Bat-Chava, Y (2000) Diversity of Deaf Identiies American Annals of the Deaf Volume 145 No 5 2000 Washington, DC, USA

BDA, British Deaf Association (1997) Deafinitely worth thinking about…. Including: Hearing children with Deaf parents; A Deaf Mother’s View; Deaf adults in the School Community & Home/School Communication Information pack (1997), BDA , London, UK

Bell, J (1993) Doing your research project: A Guide to First time researcher in Education and Social Science, Open University Press. Board of Behavioural Science (BSS), 2000, (http://

Bull, T (1998) ‘On the edge of Deaf Culture: Hearing children/Deaf parents’[Annotated bibliography]. Deaf Family Research Press, Alexandria, VA, USA

Bunde, L.T (1979) ‘Deaf Parents-Hearing Children: Toward a greater understanding of the unique aspects, needs, and problems relative to the communication factors caused by deafness’ (Signograph Series No.1) RID, Washington DC, USA

Burdett, J (1997) ‘The joys and challenges of living in two different worlds: Deaf Parents’ first experience with a hearing child’ (pp 6-7) The Cal News, 17th Oct 1997, Vol.112, No.3, USA

– CA City Ranking by Total Population, 2000

– Cal-Fed Bay Delta Program

California Health & Human Services

Chernyavskaya M.E. (1992) ‘Programme of the Centre for Formation of Communicative Possibilities (Communicative Centre)‘ Research Paper unpublished, Russia

Counties [California State Association of Counties – CSAC]

Cundy, L.H (1987) ‘Forum Page: Hearing Children of Deaf Parents: Patronizing Attitudes’, The NAD Broadcaster newspaper (pp 15, February 1987), USA

DCARA, Deaf, Councelling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

Deaf Programs in California

Disability Awareness in Action

Disabled People’s International

DPPi, Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (1994)  Maternity Care for the Deaf A Midwife’s Mission (pp4-7) of DPPi Newsletter (Jan 1994), DPPi, London, UK

DPPi, Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (1995) ‘Deaf Mothers: The Need to Understand‘ (frontpage and pp3-6) of DPPi Newsletter,No. 10 (April 1995), Arrowhead Publications, London, UK

DPPi, Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (1998) ‘Deaf Motherhood: A personal experience, Health advocacy for deaf mothers & Kids‘ talk: What’s it like to have a deaf mother ‘ (pp10-12) of DPPi Newsletter, No. 22 (April 1998), DPPi, London, UK

DPPi, Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International (2000) ‘Looking back at life with an invisible disability & Sixty years on: access to communication support‘ (pp4-5) of DPPi Newsletter,No. 31 (July 2000), DPPi, London, UK

DRT & NCSWDP (1992) ‘Special needs or special breed? Hearing children of Deaf adults‘ Occasional Paper No 4 DRT ( Jan  1992), DRT, London Boroughs Disabilities Resource Team/NCSWDP, National Council of Social Workers with Deaf People Training Committee, London UK

DWAV, Deaf Women Against Violence (2000) ‘Deaf Women Against Violence‘ DWAV Newsletter, vol 1 issue 1 (Oct 2000), Haywood, CA USA

DWAV, Deaf Women Against Violence


Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center ( Gallaudet, Washington DC, USA

Goodstein, A (1981) ‘Three Generation of loving memories’ The Deaf American magazine, Vol.34, No.3, USA

Grant, N.C & Wu, C.L (1992) ‘Multiple Issues for Ethnic Minority Families with Deaf/Hearing Impaired Children’ Official Publication of Division 45 of the American Psychological Association magazine Vol.6, No.1, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, USA

Grant, N.C & Wu, C.L (1992) ‘Weavings: Multi-Cultural Families with Deaf/Hearing Impaired Children’ (pp 12-16) of Social Work Perspectives magazine, Vol.3, No.1, Department of Social Work Education, San Francisco State University, USA

Grant, N.C & Wu, C.L (1997) ‘Asian, American, and Deaf: A Framework for  Professionals’ (pp 85-89) of American Annals of the Deaf, Vol 142, No.2, USA.

Grant, N.C (1991) ‘Diversity and Change: Access Issues Affect Deaf/Hearing Impaired Persons of Colour’ (pp 6) of NASW California News (Nov, 1991), CA, USA.

Grant, N.C (1992) ‘Needs Assessment: Multicultural Families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children, a research project’ – MA in Social Work Dissertation, San Francisco State University Department of Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Hakim, C (1987) ‘Research Design: Strategies and Choices in the Design of Social Research’, Allen & Unwin, London.

Hearing Society for the Bay Area Inc (1998) ‘Bringing worlds together‘ Agency Report , Hearing Society for the Bay Area Inc, San  Francisco, California, USA

Hearing Society for the Bay Area Inc (1999) ‘A New Century – Same Commitment to Service‘ Report to the Community, Hearing Society for the Bay Area Inc, San  Francisco, California, USA

HMFD, Hearing Mother Father Deaf (1992)  ‘Russian Paper Response‘ unpublished, London, UK

HMFD, Hearing Mother Father Deaf (1998)  ‘Letter to the British Deaf News‘ unpublished, London, UK

Holcomb, T.K (1997), ‘Development of Deaf Bicultural Identity’, (pp 89-93) of American Annals of the Deaf, Vol 142, No.2, USA

Impact, Independently Merging Parent Associations of California Together for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (2000) ‘IMPACT newsletter‘ impact newsletter (Dec 1999), Freemont, CA, USA

Impact, Independently Merging Parent Associations of California Together for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Iqbal, Sabina (2004), Pregnancy And Birth: A Guide For Deaf Women, RNID/ NCT, London

Lagutina A.E., Chernyavskaya M.E. (1992) ‘Hearing Children of Deaf Parents – A Russian Perspctive‘ Research Paper unpublished, Russia

Lagutina A.E., Chernyavskaya M.E. (1992) ‘Hearing Children of Deaf Parents (Setting of the Problem)‘ Research Paper unpublished, Russia

Lane, H., Hoffmeister, R, & Bahan, B (1996) ‘A journey into the Deaf-World’, Dawn Sign Press, San Diego, CA, USA

Mann,P.H (1985), ‘Methods of Social Investigations – 2nd Edition, Basil Blackwell, Oxford & New York.

May,T (1993), ‘Social Research: Issues, Methods and Process, Open University Press.

McNeill,P (1990), Research Methods – 2nd Edition’, Routledge, London & New York.

NASW California Chapter

NASW Online Home Page

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilition Research (NIDDR)

Padden, C & Humphries, T (1988) ‘Deaf in America: Voices from a culture’ Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA

Patty Wipfler (1991) ‘Listening To Parents: Listening Partnerships For Parents Booklet, Parents Leadership Institute, Palo  Alto, California, USA

Preston, P (1994), ‘Mother Father Deaf: Living through sound and silence’ Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, USA

Rehabilitation (Department of Rehab), 2000

S.F Statistic (City Span) – basic details on SF for tourist

Severe, S (2000) ‘How to Behave, so your children will, too!’ Viking Penguin, New York, USA

Shipman, M (1981) ‘The Limitations of Social Research, 2nd Edition’, Longman

Singleton, J & Tittle, M.D (2000) ‘Deaf Parents and Their Hearing Children(pp. 221-236)Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 5.3, Summer 2000, Oxford University Press

Social Services: Office of Deaf Access, 1999

State Disability Insurance (EDD)

Tiger Census Map

TLG, Through the Looking Glass (2000) ‘Adapting TLGs Intervention Model for Deaf Parents and Their Children (1997)‘ TLG Newsletter Vol 8 Issue 1 (Spring 2000) TLG Berkeley California USA

TLG, Through the Looking Glass

Tompkins, M (2000) ‘Early Childhood Education: Parent Handbook California School for the Deaf, Freemont 2000-2001‘ Booklet CDSF, California School for the Deaf, Freemont, California, USA

US Census Bureau, 2000

Walter, V (1990) ‘The Ties That Bind: Hearing Children and Deaf Parents talk about being a family’ Gallaudet Today XXI (Fall 1990):2-11

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