A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S
Many people have contributed to this volume in conversations and in other
helpful ways. The chapter on Deaf cinema began when Mark Betz, then of
the George Eastman House film archive in Rochester, New York, suggested
that I take a look at the film Mandy. Joe Wlodarz and Dan Humphries
contributed to my work on that chapter in different ways. The chapter on
facilitated communication would never have been written without the inspi-
ration of Linda Ware, who introduced me to disability studies. I am grate-
ful to Douglas Biklen for being so generous with his time during our many
conversations about the FC method. My friends and colleagues at the Uni-
versity of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s
Studies and the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, particularly Janet
Berlo, Douglas Crimp, Marilyn Lambert-Fisher, and Mary Fox, provided
a fabulous intellectual support network during the early research for this
book. Rochester remains an ideal place for the cultivation of new ways of
working across the disciplines.
I am enormously grateful for the intellectual support of my colleagues at
the University of California at San Diego, and in particular my chair, Dan
Hallin, whose optimism is a treasure. I am most grateful for the insight and
collaboration of Brian Goldfarb, David Benin, Val Hartouni, David Serlin,
and Morana Alaˇ c, the people with whom I have worked most closely at San
Diego. Brian, David, and Val read versions of these chapters and worked
with me on parallel projects in forging the ideas developed here at different
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