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Ruth Sidransky (1929-2017) was born in the Bronx, New York to two profoundly deaf parents. Her first language was Sign, which she used exclusively as a young child and she translated the world’s sounds for her parents throughout their lives.
In 1990, Sidransky wrote "In Silence", a memoir of her life among the world of the Deaf. The New York Times called it “…a great act of love.” Sidransky has appeared on Good Morning, America, NPR and throughout the United States and Canada, speaking on behalf of American Sign and its legitimacy as a distinct and singular language. Sidransky is proudest of her eloquence and her literacy. She has been principal of an American school abroad, a private counselor to handicapped children and television show host in Canada.
Sidransky remains a voice for the deaf. Ruth co-founded the Jewish Community Association of the Deaf in Plantation with Hank Hyman.
In her ninth decade, Sidransky published three books in 2015: A Woman’s Primer, a look at the qualities women need to survive and thrive; Bravo Carrie, her memoir of her adult daughter’s struggle with cancer, and Reparations, a novel about young American Jews in Europe at the end of World War II.