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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Words in My Hands: A book review

A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey


Diane L. Chambers

Bert Riedel, an eighty-six year old deaf-blind pianist, cut off from world since age forty-five, discovers a new life through hand-over-hand-sign. This heartwarming narrative about the life-changing power of sign language communication is told by Diane L. Chambers, Bert’s sign language teacher. Diane finds her world transformed as well by her relationship with her unique deaf-blind student. Words in My Hands is the true story of their unforgettable journey.

Beautifully and eloquently written, Chambers’ story takes the reader through the intricacies and complexities of not only deafness and blindness, but of language itself. This impactful memoir is for professionals in education, social services, healthcare, and rehabilitation. It is an inspiration for all!

Words in My Hands has received:
  • An award from The National League of American Pen Women
  • Praise from acclaimed author, Joanne Greenberg, from Patricia Clark, researcher of ASL at Rochester Institute of Technology, and B.J. LeJeune, Director of Deaf-Blind Programs at Mississippi State University.

Reviews by:

  • National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inside Gcm, Winter 2007 /Spring 2008
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2007
  • California Association of Resource Specialists and Special Educators
  • Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association Deaf-Blind Perspectives
  • Alvin Roberts, Bureau of Blind Services Quality Assurance Administrator, Carbondale, Illinios
  • Dr. McCay Vernon, Chairman of the National Deaf Academy Advisory Board
  • Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (fall of 2006)
  • The National League of American Pen Women
  • Article: "Reconnected by Sign," American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, Genetic Drift, published July 2007

ISBN 9760967-0-6, Words in My Hands is $15.95 in soft cover, 263 pages and includes photographs. Now available on line at,

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