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Decatur teacher's book sounds off on deafness

By JANICA LOCKHART

Staff writer

Decatur High School teacher Ron Podmore, 35, who wants people Ž“to think of how they view people with disabilities,Ž” recently published his newest book, Ž“A Sign to Remember,Ž” a novel about a boy who is deaf and suffers from Usher Syndrome.

Usher Syndrome is a gene in deaf individuals that eventually leads to complete blindness. Podmore, who is hard of hearing, said few books have been written about the condition that afflicts up to 10,000 people.

He said his book is aimed at young adults who want to learn more about Usher Syndrome. Little other information is available about the deaf community or the syndrome, Podmore said.

Podmore wrote the book in a two-week period last April. Ž“I had a burst of creativity,Ž” he said.

He said he hopes the book will become a teaching resource in schools and generate interest in the lives of deaf and blind people.

This is not the first venture into writing for Podmore. He also wrote the book, Ž“Profiles of Deaf Americans.Ž” One of the people profiled was movie and television actress Marlee Matlin.

Podmore teaches 130 American Sign Language students at Decatur and hopes they get active in the deaf community.

Ž“A Sign to RememberŽ” was initially available through on-line booksellers. At the end of October, it was to be available at local bookstores and in an audio version through Puget Sound Publications. Additional information is available at (253) 988-9599.

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