It may have taken a long time, and a lot of hard work, said Rachel Bavister, a member of the deaf alumni association and former teacher, but the history of deaf education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is an important story to tell.
On Wednesday, the book, titled “History of the Education of the Deaf in Virginia,” was dedicated to alumni, past and present, at a ceremony in the auditorium at VSDB in Staunton. The book is 468 pages and comprises both part one, written by R. Aumon Bass, a former teacher, originally published in 1953, and part two, which was the brain child of Fred Yates, an alumni and former educator. Yates died in 2007 before his idea could be realized. Members of the alumni community formed a history committee to research and write the second part of the history of deaf education in Virginia.