Mark Drolsbaugh


Mark Drolsbaugh graduated from Gallaudet University with a B.A. in Psychology (1992) and an M.A. in School Counseling and Guidance (1994). An avid writer, Mark has had numerous articles published in national deaf publications such as DeafNation, Silent News, and SIGNews. He wrote his first book, Deaf Again, in 1997. In 2004 Mark published Anything But Silent, an anthology of his work as a newspaper columnist. He then collaborated with a team of other writers to publish On the Fence: The Hidden World of the Hard of Hearing in 2007. His fourth book, Madness in the Mainstream, was completed in 2013. A second edition of Madness in the Mainstream was released in 2015.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I thought I was finished writing deaf books - time to move on, you know? But then my deaf son went through exactly the same frustrating experiences that I had dealt with when I was a mainstreamed deaf student. This made me realize that nothing has really changed over years. It was time to hold nothing back and write an eye-opening book about the hidden realities of mainstream education for deaf and hard of hearing children. I want people to see what really happens behind the scenes. This book shows the truth in a way that surprised even me. It's a story that just had to be told.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thrill of writing something in a way that hasn't been done before, and the "that's exactly how I felt" reaction it gets from people in the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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Where to find Mark Drolsbaugh online


Madness in the Mainstream
Price: $8.49 USD. Words: 50,290. Language: American English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Inclusive education
Deaf author Mark Drolsbaugh gives a surprising, behind-the-scenes look at mainstream education for deaf and hard of hearing students. Eye-opening, real-life stories reveal the shortcomings of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its interpretation of Least Restrictive Environment. A powerful must-read for parents and educators of deaf and hard of hearing children.

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