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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Deaf > Introductory Material > Thanks

Advisors and reviewers

How to help children who are deaf communicate is a very controversial topic. We are especially grateful to the many committed people who gave so freely of their guidance and opinions despite the inclusion of ideas they may not have completely agreed with.

This book could not have been written without the help of parents, teachers, deaf adults, and health workers from around the world, who shared their experiences, stories of the challenges they faced, and solutions they found.

Thanks to the following groups who contributed so much of their hearts and minds in reviewing draft materials:

in Bangladesh:
Center for Disability in
in Haiti:
in Uganda:
Uganda Society for
Disabled Children
in Cameroon:
Abundant Life Ministry
for Blind and Deaf
in India:
in Vietnam:
Catholic Relief Services,
Pearl S. Buck
in People’s Republic
of China:

Tianjin Hearing Disability
Rehabilitation Center
in Jamaica:
Clarendon Group for
the Disabled, Jamaica
Association for the Deaf
in Zimbabwe:
NZEVE Deaf Children’s
in Ghana:
Ashanti School for the
in Mongolia:
The School for Deaf and
Blind Children
in Tanzania:
Chama Cha Viziwi
Tanzania (CHAVITA)

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Thanks also to Fundación Puntos de Encuentro for facilitating review of parts of Chapter 1 in Nicaragua with members of the Centro Fé, Esperanza y Amor, Escuela Cristiana de Sordos in Managua; Asociación por un Mundo sin Barreras in Chinandega; and the Asociación Nacional de Sordos de Nicaragua (ANSNIC).

We also wish to express our thanks to the many advisors, reviewers, and others who shared their knowledge and expertise:

  • Carol-lee Aquiline, World Federation of the Deaf, Finland
  • Jonathan Brakarsh, Family Support Trust, Zimbabwe
  • Freda Briggs, Australia
  • Arlene Brown, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado, USA
  • Gonzalo Delgado, Plan Internacional, UK
  • Charlie Dittmeier, Maryknoll Deaf Development Program, Cambodia
  • Birgit Dyssegaard, DANIDA, Denmark
  • Jill Ellis, Center for the Education of the Infant Deaf, USA
  • Roxanna Pastor Fasquelle, Mexico
  • Teresa Glass, USA
  • Gulbadan Habibi, UNICEF
  • Kathleen Huff, Catholic Relief Services, Vietnam
  • Khairul Islam, Plan International, Bangladesh,
  • Namita Jacob, Chetana, India
  • Patrick Kangwa, Inclusive Education, Zambia
  • Liisa Kauppinen, World Federation of the Deaf, Finland
  • Margaret Kennedy, Trainer on Disability & Abuse, UK
  • Elina Lehtomaki, University of Syvaskyla, Finland
  • Susie Miles, EENET, UK
  • David Morley, TALC, UK
  • Nancy Moser, Center on Deafness, UCSF, USA
  • Natalia Popova, Los Pipitos, Nicaragua
  • Shannon Reese, USA
  • Charles Reilly, Gallaudet University, USA
  • Rosalinda Ricasa, Gallaudet University, USA
  • Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, Gallaudet University, USA
  • Judy Shepard-Kegl and James Shepard-Kegl, Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects, Inc., USA
  • Andrew Smith, World Health Organization
  • Theresa Smith, American Sign Language and Interpreting School of Seattle, USA
  • Ester Tallah, Plan International, Cameroon
  • Abiola Tilley-Gyado, Plan International, UK
  • Andrew Tomkins, Institute for Child Health, UK
  • Joanne Travers, USA
  • Madan Vashista, USA
  • Susan Wecht, USA
  • Cindy Weill, Catholic Relief Services, Vietnam
  • Amy Wilson, Gallaudet University, USA
  • Sheila Wirz, UK
  • Doreen Woodford, Deaf Africa Fund, UK
  • Gabriela Holzman, Jean Weingarten Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf, USA
  • Owen Wrigley, Burma

Medical reviewers

  • Brian Linde, USA
  • Chris Forshaw, Uganda
  • Mike C.F. Smith, UK and Nepal
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A special thanks to all the funders of this book and the Early Assistance Series:
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This publication was made possible through support provided by Plan International, Childreach — the US member of Plan International, DANIDA — Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the US Agency for International Development (under the terms of Cooperative Agreement No. 442-A-00-02-00172-00). The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US Agency for International Development nor those of our other committed supporters.

Some of these supporters have also been collaborators, sharing their understanding of the needs of parents and health promoters working with children. They have reviewed and field-tested early versions of this book, improving it immeasurably.