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CODA FACT SHEET
(HEARING) OFFSPRING OF DEAF PARENTS

Revised 9/18/99

MISSION OF CODA INTERNATIONAL

"CODA [Children of Deaf Adults, Inc.) is an organization established for the purpose of promoting family awareness and individual growth in hearing children of deaf parents. This purpose is accomplished through providing educational opportunities, promoting self-help, organizing advocacy efforts, and acting as a resource for the membership and various communities."

 

MEMBERSHIP AND NEWSLETTER

CODA Inc. is an international organization. Membership is $20.00 a year for hearing adults who have deaf parents (voting) and $15. a year for non-codas who want to be a supporting member (non-voting). Either membership includes a one-year subscription to the quarterly newsletter. Write to CODA, P.O.. Box 30715, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-0715.

 

CODA CHAPTERS IN THE UNITED STATES

A number of state and regional CODA contacts we listed in the February issue of the CODA Connection. Check the CODA web site for a list of contacts: www.gallaudet.edu/~rgpricke/coda/index.html.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS


Australia: c/o Peter & Judie Bonser 42 Watkins Road, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, Australia deafsoc@tig.corn.au ;
Denmark: Born af Dove (Children of Deaf), c/o Danish Deaf Association, Fensmarkgade 1, Postbox 704, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark; Finland: Raili Ojala, Box 65, 00401, Helsinki, Finland; The Netherlands: Mrs. Heinke Nederlof (Julia Stoel), Weerdstraat 57, 7941 XK Meppel, The Netherlands.

 

CODA AND KODA IN CYBERSPACE - THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND INTERNET


CODA: www.gallaudet.edu/~rgpricke/coda/index.html . Hundreds of codas in many countries receive news through the CODA Internet Connection roz.prickett@gal1audet.edu . There are several coda interactive listserves on ONELIST.com.  Contact Art Smith als1955@hotmail.com .  Deaf parents with hearing children have formed KODA Inc. (Kids of Deaf Adults) Seattle, WA www.koda.org.

 

REFERENCE: ON THE EDGE OF DEAF CULTURE,
HEARING CHILDREN/DEAF PARENTS ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Edited by coda Tom Bull with over 2,200 references and more than 800 annotations. Endorsements by 23 deaf, hearing, and coda professionals.  (360 pages $30.00 & $5.00 postage/handling [U S.only] - U..S. Funds - 1998) Deaf Family Research Press, P.O. Box 8417, Alexandria, VA 22306-8417  Web: www.gallaudet.edu/~gisweb/tom.html.

 

THE MILLIE BROTHER SCHOLARSHIP

 

Established in 1990 and named to honor the American founder of CODA International, two college scholarships of $1,500.00 each are awarded annually. Winning essays are published in the CODA Connection.  Over $26,000.00 has been awarded since 1990. Contact Dr. Robert J. Hoffmeister, CODA Scholarship Committee, Programs in Deaf Studies, Boston University, 605 Commonwealth Boston, MA 02115.

 

BOOK: MOTHER FATHER DEAF: LIVING BETWEEN SOUND AND  SILENCE

 

Coda Paul Preston's book is "Based on Interviews with 150 adult hearing children of deaf parents throughout the United States [and] is rich in anecdote and analysis, remarkable for its insights into a family life normally closed to outsiders." (book jacket)  Published by Harvard University Press, 1994, paperback in 1996.


VIDEO: TOMORROW DAD WILL STILL BE DEAF AND OTHER STORIES

"The wise and witty Bonnie Kraft will captivate you with true stories of her life as a coda, the hearing child of deaf adults." With an interview by Dr. Ben Bahan, Chair of the Department of Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University. (90 minutes - VHS - 1997)    Available from DawnSignPress, 6130 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, CA 92121

 

THE ELI SAVANICK MEMORIAL FUND

This fund, established In 1993, honors the life and work of a code, the late Eli Savanick, who was director of the International Center on Deafness at Gallaudet University for many years. As an early ardent supporter of CODA, Eli is beloved for his dedication, humanity and many years of service. CODA founder Millie Brother says "Eli was a man who tread lightly upon all parts of the earth, yet left indelible marks."  This fund enables codas from around the world to attend CODA international conferences.

 

MOTHER FATHER DEAF DAY CELEBRATION


On the last Sunday in April we honor our Deaf parents and recognize the gifts of culture and language we received. For an information packet contact Francine Stern, 6605 Gavioto Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406 or < ocodasister@earthlink.net >.

 

THE RON COFFEY MEMORIAL FUND

Ron Coffey lived with AIDS for more than nine years and died on June 27, 1994. He was a 33 year old coda and an extremely competent and highly-respected ASL interpreter. This fund helps minority codas improve their interpreting skills.

 

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CODA CONFERENCES

Since 1986, conferences have been held in California, New York, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Washington State, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Virginia, and Coolangatta, Australia (1999).  The following countries have been represented: Argentina; Australia; Belgium; Brazil; Canada; England; Holland; Ireland; Israel; Japan; Saipan; Sweden; and the United States. Coda gatherings have occurred in Australia, Austria, England, Canada, Finland, Japan, Israel and the Netherlands. The year 2000 international conference will be held July 20-23, in Novi, Michigan (very near Detroit).   Contact Millie Hursin, GCCoda@aol.com .

 

PROCEEDINGS FROM INTERNATIONAL CODA CONFERENCES

These we available for $15.00 each. Write to CODA, P.O. Box 30715, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-0715(US)



VIDEO RESOURCES ABOUT CODAS

Passport Without a Country is about "hearing children of deaf parents who are born into a unique culture, and often learn sign language before they learn to speak."  This 47-minute color VHS documentary "provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of 7 Australians who have Deaf parents. Proceeds support the Eli Savanick Memorial Fund. Write, A. Marcus, 2805 Fountain Grove Terrace, Olney, MD 20832

 

VIDEO RESOURCES FOR DEAF PARENTS WHO HAVE HEARING CHILDREN

Parenting Skills: Bringing Together Two Worlds (1992) is a set of two 90-minute videotapes (ASL interviews with 21 deaf parents and two codas) and an 8-lesson manual that are designed for deaf leaders to facilitate discussion by parents in a supportive environment. Contact the Northern Virginia Resource Center (Fairfax, VA) at www.nvrc.org .



KODA: KIDS OF DEAF ADULTS

Deaf parents with hearing children are forming groups. Contact the Seattle, Washington, KODA group at www.koda.org .

FOR FURTHER RESEARCH: DEAF PARENTS WITH HEARING CHILDREN

See the Gallaudet University Library "Pathfinder" on this subject at http://www.gallaudet.edu/~library/dr/guid-dpohc.html


AUTOBIOGRAPHIES   (* Paperback)

Abrams, C. (1996). The Silents Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press

* Barash, H. L., and Barash-Dicker, E. (1991). Our Father Abe: The Story of a Deaf Shoe Repairman.  Madison, WI: Abar Press.

Crowe, D. I. (1993). Dummy's Little Girl New York: Carlton Press, Inc.

Miller-Hall, M (1994). Deaf, Dumb and BLACK: An Account of an Actual Life of a Family. New York: Carlton Press Corp.

* Sidransky, R. (1990). In Silence: Growing Up Hearing in a Deaf World. New York: St. Martin's Press.

* Vivo, P. (1991/1996). Turn Right at the Next Corner. Granville, OH: Trudy Knox Publisher.

* Walker, L. A. (1986). A Loss for Words. New York: Harper and Row.

 

FICTION

Glickfeld, C. L. (1989). Useful Gifts: Stories by Carole L. Glickfeld. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press.

* Greenberg, J. (1970). In This Sign. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

* Jeffers, A. (1995/1998). Safe as Houses. London: Gay Men's Press.

 

FOR RESEARCH AND REFERENCE

* Bull. T. H. (Ed.). (1998). On the Edge of Deaf Culture: Hearing Children/Deaf Parents Annotated Bibliography.
Alexandria, VA:  Deaf Family Research Press

Davis, L. J. (Ed.). (1999). Shall I Say a Kiss?: The Courtship Letters of a Deaf Couple 1936-1938. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.

* Preston, P. M. (1994/1996). Mother Father Deaf: Living between Sound and Silence. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


More information: www.gallaudet.edu/~rgpricke/coda/index.html or tom.bull@gallaudet.edu

 

 

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