TBC News

BMC and MJBCo-directors Betty M. Colonomos and MJ Bienvenu developed innovative workshops that pushed the envelope for the interpreting field and the Deaf community around issues of the day. Not surprisingly, some of those issues remain today.

The monthly newsletter, TBC News, highlighted many of these issues, inspiring many to rally for change in their own thinking and in the communities where they lived. We've made available this digital archive of the TBC News here as historical reference and still relevant topics for our communities.

TBC Co-director Betty M. Colonomos

TBC Co-director MJ Bienvenu

TBC News

TBC News

Archived newsletters, The TBC News, from The Bicultural Center circa 1988-1993. The topics in these newsletters offer historical perspective that continue to be relevant over 30 years later.

Click on VIEW to access any newsletter as a pdf in a new page.

Click on DETAILS for a brief glimpse of some content.

Click on DOWNLOAD to download the newsletter at no cost to you.

When using the website's Search feature at the bottom of the page, entering a word or phrase will identify which newsletter(s) contain the word or phrase (if any). The listed newsletters contain the results. Click VIEW on the newsletter which opens it in a new window. Then use the Adobe Reader search function to find the word or phrase within the newsletter.

For simple instructions on using the Adobe Reader Search feature, view this article: How to Search within a PDF


Revolutionizing Education for Deaf Children by Shawn Neal Davies

NAD Position Paper on ASL and Bilingual Education from NAD

Deaf and Hearing Teams by Janet Weinstock and Lynne Erting

Deaf Girl Misses Out Too Much by Leah Hager Cohen


Deaf People are Not Being Nice by MJ Bienvenu

Past and Present from an interview by Barbara Kannapell

Present and Future by Alan Marcus

Sign Talk Children's Centre by Charlotte Evans, Kyra Zimmer, and Denise Murray

Deaf and Hearing Teams by Clayton Valli and Ceil Lucas


Are We Really Free? by Patrick Graybil

The Moment I Learned That What I Had Been Signing Was a Language by Sandra Ammons

Our Deaf Community: A Cultural Perspective by Dawn V. Stoyanoff

Bilingual Learners: Principles that Help; False Assumptions that Harm from a project sponsored by CELT (Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking)

Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover by Dennis Cokely


My Nightmare by Patrick Graybill

Inclusion: A Deaf Experience by Janet Weinstock

Is the Audiogram Important to Consider When Determining Inclusion? by Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier

Good Communication is My First Priority! by Martha Coletti

There She Is by MJ Bienvenu

Mind, Feeling, Soul by Donna Shinton

Literacy of the Heart by Judith Treesberg

A View from the Back Seat by Betty Colonomos


TBC News, missing issue 71

In the process of gathering and scanning copies of TBC News, it has become apparent that Issue 71 is missing. Nobody here seems to have it or know anyone who does have it.

If you have a copy of TBC News, Issue 71, please contact us!


Yes, this is the last issue of TBC News by Betty Colonomos

Closing of TBC by Mj Bienvenu



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