By Megan Williams
January 20, 2016
STAUNTON — It took only one person to write the history of deaf education in Virginia from 1839 through 1948. But it took 10 people, 10 years to write the continuation of that history through 2014.
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.
“This was not my book,” Bavister said. “It was a team of people who did all the hard work.”
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.