I am the author of two non-fiction books: Words in My Hands, A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey, (2005) (2012), Ellexa Press, LLC, and Hearing the Stream, A Survivor’s Journey into the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer, (2009)( 2012), Ellexa Press, LLC, and the producer and narrator of SSPs: What Are They and Why Are They Necessary, (DVD, 2011), Ellexa Press, LLC.
Professionally, I am a nationally certified sign language interpreter with 40 years of experience.
As a writer, I am the past president and current vice president of the National League of American Pen Women Denver Branch.
As a breast cancer survivor and advocate, I am a 2003 graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD, and have participated in NBCC’s Advocacy Trainings in Washington D.C., and their Lobby Days on Capital Hill. I attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and graduated from the Alamo Breast Cancer Patient Advocate Program in 2005. Locally, I have volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program, the Susan G. Komen’s annual Multicultural Conference and have presented on cancer awareness and education to Denver’s Deaf Community.
Words in My Hands: A Teacher, A Deaf-Blind Man, An Unforgettable Journey
Bert Riedel, an eighty-six year old deaf-blind pianist, cut off from world since age forty-five, discovers a new life through hand-over-hand-sign. This heartwarming narrative about the life-changing power of sign language communication is told by Diane Lane Chambers, Bert’s sign language teacher. Diane finds her world transformed as well by her relationship with her unique deaf-blind student. Words in My Hands is the true story of their unforgettable journey.
Beautifully and eloquently written, Chambers’ story takes the reader through the intricacies and complexities of not only deafness and blindness, but of language itself. This impactful memoir is for professionals in education, social services, healthcare, and rehabilitation. It is an inspiration for all!
Awards and Recognition
- National League of American Pen Women, Vinnie Ream Medal Finalist-Letters, 2018 National League of American Pen Women, Marjorie Roller Non-Fiction Award, Second Place