Harlan Lane

Harlan Lane (1939-present) is a distinguished university professor of psychology. He founded the ASL program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Lane wrote a few books about Deaf culture and Deaf ethnicity in the U.S.: When the Mind Hears (1984), Laurent Clerc: The Story of His Early Years (1991), The Mask of Benevolence (1992), and A Journey into the Deaf-World (co-author, 1996).

Harlan Lane books

Lane also wrote a well-known book, The wild boy of Aveyron (1976).

Shortly after the book When the Mind Hears launched, he was accepted by Deaf community. He was considered a "hearing-but" status in Deaf community for his ally against hearing oppression.


Lane, Harlan L. "Do Deaf People Have a Disability?" Sign Language Studies 2.4 (2002) pp 356-379. Preview: https://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/sign_language_studies/v002/2.4lane.html