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No Limits

Mar 22, 2010
by Priscilla Proctor

Flagler Professor’s New Book on Deaf Education Published

For years, Flagler College Professor of Education Carl Williams has worked overtime teaching deaf education to his students for one simple reason: There was never a single comprehensive textbook written for instructors in deaf education.

That prompted him to write “No Limits,” a first-of-its-kind instructional textbook on deaf education that correlates with the Council on Educating the Deaf standards and the Educational Content Standards in Deaf Education.

“These standards are important because they ensure that deaf students fully learn the content of subjects such as math, science and social studies,” Williams said.

The textbook was released in 2009 by Butte Publications.

For many years, teaching those standards and how to apply them in an instructional setting has been difficult due to the lack of books with good visual aids, activities and case studies. So, after years of creating his own syllabi using many different journals and books related to special or deaf education, Williams decided to write a textbook that would embody all of this information.

“In the past students have been asked to browse through journals for information and many of these journals were just broad special education issues. Some were even outdated,” he said. “I felt this was a very unwieldy way of approaching this particular issue.”

So Williams came up with a better way to present the course information to his students: He began posting his own tailor-made chapters online a week prior to discussions. “I just followed the guidelines of both sets of standards combined with my research from other sources and created my own teaching material,” he said. “When it came time to present my material to the publishers, I took everything that I had researched and used for my courses and presented it to them. They loved it.”

Williams, a 1977 Flagler College graduate, was inspired to write “No Limits” for other reasons. “It is very difficult, yet important, to be able to teach deaf students a fact, concept or skill,” he said. “At one seminar I attended, I heard other professors lamenting about lack of information in this area, and I made it a point to include it in my book.”

Williams said his 14 years of teaching the deaf and hard of hearing at The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind helped in the writing of his book. “Many of the successes that I had in the classroom at FSDB gave me insight into the types of approaches and practices that would be effective with deaf and hard of hearing students,” he said.

This is not the first book written by Williams for deaf education. In 2006, Butte – a publishing company that specializes in deaf education books – published “It All Depends,” a case study book in deaf education. He will now be using both books together to teach his courses.

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