Novels & Textbook Study

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Each project earns 0.7 RID Professional Studies CEUs upon completion.
(or equiv 7 clock hours certificate) $82 each.

Choose from our list of approved titles to explore cultures and topics relevant to the populations of multiple cultural-identity consumers that we work with as interpreters. (The book purchase is not included in the program)  Participants register for the program, are sent the RID pre-approved curriculum by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni, and then purchase the book on their own from any bookseller (or public library rental).  The curriculum gives the list of reflection questions that participants chose from to answer after reading the book, as well as research activities to deeper explore the themes and make relevent parallels to our work in the Deaf community.  All RID CEUs are overseen & administered by RID Sponsor: Ginevra Deianni.

Please feel free to email us anytime to ask for curriculum specifics on any project, or sample questions/materials. We want you to feel comfortable with what you are registering for.


(see 'BOOK CHOICES' drop down menu at top of page)

  • "Alone in the Mainstream" by: Gina A Oliva: This is the biography of a Deaf woman's experiences in the mainstream education system. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "American Chica" by: Marie Arana:  This novel examines dual-cultural identity from a latina/Peruvian and American woman's perspective.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "The Art of Being Deaf" by: Donna McDonald:  Take a journey with Donna McDonald from little 'd' Deaf identity to capital "D" as she explores a literature review of Deaf writing and experiences in the Deaf community. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by: Amy Chua:  This controversial book explores Chinese immigrant values in the US and how they are manifested in family structures and expectations ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by: Katherine Boo:  This book takes readers into the slums of Mumbai to explore culture, politics and community.  A video link of Deaf culture in Mumbai is included for a compare & contrast cultural exploration. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Being Mortal" by: Atul Gawande:  This novel explore the human issue of mortality, morbidity, and aging in American culture and our current medical system. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Black Like Me" by: John Howard Griffin:  Explore issues of race and discrimination (parallel to the Deaf experience) in this classic cultural anthropology experiment where a white man transforms himself to pass as a black man in the 1950s Jim Crowe south. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Born A Crime" by: Trevor Noah:  This book is a heartfelt memoire, speckled with humor, that pulls the reader into the life of a mixed race "colored" child as apartheid ended in South Africa.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Born on the Edge of Race & Gender" by: Willy Wilkinson:   Follow the journey of a trans man and LGBTQ/disability advocate.  His story examines the complexity of multiple identities as an LGBTQ person of color and the powers of oppression faced in society.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Caste" by: Isabel Wilkerson: This book examines issues of race and economic inequities in society and the powers and oppression that support privilege and subjugation in the US.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "The Color of Water" by James McBride:  This memoir examines power, privilege, oppression, culture and identity as the child of a mixed-race family. Parallels to the Deaf/CODA experience of isolation & marginalization are explored. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Daring To Drive" by: Manal Al-Sharif:  This book reveals the powers of oppression and control in Saudi Arabia that keep women subjugated, and the triumph of rebellion that earned Saudi women the right to drive. ($82, 0.7 PS + PPO)
  • "Deaf People in Hitler's Europe" by: Donna F Ryan & John S Schuchman: From a conference hosted by Gallaudet & US Holocaust Memorial Museum, this collection of essays explores the Deaf experience and impact of deadly policies during WW2. ($82, 0.7 PS + PPO)
  • "Deaf Professionals & Designated Interpreters" by: Peter C Hauser:  This truly 'the bible' for interpreters working regularly with a Deaf professional in any field.  Please note: it is a $55 book. Occasionally, it is up for a $5 rental thru Gallaudet/Chicago Press, but make sure to secure the book before you register for this project. (*This is a great to do with a group to share the book cost!*) ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Deaf in Dehli" by: Madan Vasishta:  One mans life experiences as a Deaf person growing up and living in Dehli, India. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Deaf in Japan" by: Karen Nakamura:  This text explores the cultural history of the Deaf community in Japan, and it's connection and contrast to the U.S. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Disability Visibility" by: Alice Wong:  A collection of written works that share the lived experiences of people with disabilities, including the Deaf experience.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Dreams From My Father" by: Barak Obama:  This memoir explores issues of race, class, intersectionality, culture, privilege & oppression through events and encounters in Barak's young life as a multi-racial child and early career as a Community Organizer in Chicago.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "The Elements of Mentoring" by: W Brad Johnson + Charles R Ridley, 3rd edition:  This book analysis give a higher level overview of the mentoring relationship.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Ethics for the Real World" by: Ronald A Howard & Clinton D Korver*:  This book examines the core of our value system, challenges us to analyze why we believe what we do, write out a personal moral code, and apply it to our behavior as professionals.  *Professional Ethics Specialization credit upon request ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's journey of Love, Identity, & Adoption" by: Brandi Rarus:  This revealing story of a Deaf woman's unique family journey bravely explores themes of Deaf culture and identity (inside & out of the Deaf community) as she forms a Deaf-centered, loving home for a new child. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign against Sign Language" by: Douglas C Baynton:  Learn about the early American campaign to suppress the use of sign language, led by Alexander Graham Bell and follow these arguments into our modern day struggles in Deaf education.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Found in Translation" by: Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzsche: Stories from 'the field' of how interpretations, and life as an interpreter, affects our lives.($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Get Your Elbow Off The Horn" by: Jack Gannon: A lifelong advocate for the Deaf community, Jack takes readers through his rural childhood in the Ozarks and continues into his experiences as a student, educator, coach, husband, parent, and community leader. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Haben: The Deaf-Blind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law" by: Haben Girma:  Haben guides readers through her journey as a Deaf-Blind immigrant in the US, the barriers she triumphed and her rise to become an accommodation champion. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Hands of My Father" by Myron Uhlberg:  This is a historic CODA memoire that looks back a the experiences of oppression, isolation and discrimination Deaf families faced in the early 20th Century of the US.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Healthcare Interpreting in Small Bites" by: Cynthia E Roat:  This is a collection of short articles about important topics in the medical interpreting profession, such as: professional ethics, words that have no translation, how & when to advocate for a patient, dealing with bi-lingual family members during appointments, general medical vocabulary words, and much more. (A must-read for medical interpreters!) *(This is an Ethics Study specialization credit) ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "The Hidden Treasures of Black ASL" by: Carolyn McCaskill, et al.  Explore the history, evolution and preservation of Black ASL.  Issues of power, oppression and linguistic analysis bring the stories of the Black Deaf community into focus. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "I'm Down by: Mishna Wolfe: This book looks at racial identity, stereotypes and economic oppression in a true story memoire about a white girl whose father truly believed he was black. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Infidel" by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali:  This best-selling novel outlines the history of Muslim views that have lead to extreme beliefs, and one woman's journey to escape this life. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "In the Land of Invisible Women" by: Qanta Ahmed: An American trained, British female doctor moves to Saudi Arabia to live and work amongst Saudi culture. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Legal Rights: The Guide for Deaf & Hard of Hearing People" by: NAD:  Sharpen your understanding of the laws that give Deaf people accessibility and civil rights.  *Legal Specialization credits available upon request. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Monique & the Mango Rains" by: Kris Holloway: This book is the memoire of a Peace Corps volunteer living in Mali, Africa as a maternal-infant health care worker and her life-long friendship with a village woman. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Mother-Father Deaf" by: Paul Preston:  This novel is a loving collection of family stories and histories from an American CODA that highlight Deaf culture. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "My Stroke of Insight" by: Jill Bolte Taylor:  A neuroscientist's medically detailed description of her brain hemorrhage/stroke and subsequent recovery. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Nine Hills to Nambonkaha" by: Sarah Erdman: This book is the story of a Peace Corps volunteer's immersion into the culture of the Ivory Coast of Africa. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" by: Barbara Demick: Explore North Korean culture & political power, with some added research on the Deaf community, as compared to our American values. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Orchid of the Bayou: A Deaf Woman Faces Blindness" by: Cathryn Carroll & Catherine Hoffpauir Fischer:  This memoir guides us through through Catherine's journey to find her Deaf identity and face the changes that Usher's syndrome and the Deaf-Blind experience brings her and her family. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "On Golden Mountain" by: Lisa See & Kate Reading: The book in the story of one Chinese-American's family history and their integration into American life through work and community over two generations. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "On The Beat of Truth" by: Maxine Childress Brown: Explore themes of intersectionality, audism, and racism in this memoire of being Deaf & Black through the eyes of a hearing daughter in the 1950s.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Seeing Voices" by Oliver Sacks:  This groundbreaking book exposed hearing people for the first time to a cultural exploration of the Deaf community through the eyes of a prominent neurologist.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History 1900 - World War II" by: Susan Burch: This book narrates Deaf people's relentless struggle against hearing oppression in the early twentieth century, highlighting Deaf heroes and milestones that must never be forgotten. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down" by: Anne Fadiman: This book recounts the tragic cultural story of a Hmong family stuck in the American medical system without cultural mediators and very few interpreters. (A must-read for medical interpreters!) ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America" by: Michael Eric Dyson: This book is considered on of the most searing & frank discussions on the crisis of race relations in the U.S. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • "Voices from the Edge: Narratives about the ADA" by Ruth O'Brien*: This book gives a historic account and explanation of the American with Disabilities Act. *(This is a Legal Specialization Study credit ) ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "When I Was Puerto Rican" by: Esmerelda Santiago:  This memoire explores themes of cultural identity and linguistic integration as Esmerelda struggles with the journey of being a Puerto Rican-American immigrant. Focus on the powers that require marginalized people to assimilate. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "The White House Interpreter" by: Harry Obst: Dive deeply into the theory and practice of our interpreting work through a spoken language professional lens. This rich discussion of linguistics, boundaries, ethics, and client connection brings our complex cultural-linguistic work into focus. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women's Basketball Team at Gallaudet" by Wayne Coffey: This book is an inside view of the record-breaking 1998-1999 Deaf women's basketball team and Gallaudet staff who supported them.  Their stories examine Deaf culture, education, personal histories of family, language, oppression and the tenacity required to keep pushing through a world of hearing people triumphing over their assumptions about what it means to be Deaf. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)
  • "Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan" by: Jenny Nordberg:  This book explores gender and power in Afghanistan and the practice of Bacha Posh which raises girls as boys for cultural reasons. ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs + PPO)
  • The Year of Living Danishly, by: Helen Russel:  This book examines cultural values and happiness measures within Denmark, comparing and contrasting them to others.  ($82, 0.7 PS CEUs)