Donald F. Moores Gallaudet University
It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to write the foreword to a book celebrating the accomplishments of Kathryn Meadow-Orlans and her contributions to the field of deafness over the last third of the 20th century. Her past, present, and future work will influence the field well into the 21st century. Very briefly, I discuss her research and writing and her unique contributions to the knowledge base and attitudes toward deafness within the context of developments in the field since the appearance of her dissertation in 1967.
I imagine I was asked to write this foreword because of my professional interactions with Dr. Meadow-Orlans over several decades. It seemed as if our paths were always crossing and that it was inevitable that sooner or later we would work together. I first became aware of her research when we were both freshly minted PhDs, and people were talking about the dissertation of a sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley, on the effects of early manual communication and family climate on a deaf child's environment. Clearly, this was a fresh voice -- it was Kay's. We communicated with each other and first met in 1968 in San Francisco at a meeting of the Alexander Graham Bell Association, where we both made presentations. The fact that we met in an environment that was hostile to the use of any type of manual communication, and that we were among a handful of participants who supported manual communication, probably helped to