To honor the memory of Aretha Franklin, who passed away August 16, 2018, we are announcing the release of a special version of the Star Spangled Banner sung by Aretha Franklin and signed by Rosa Lee.
View this inspiring ASL rendition of the The Star Spangled banner at TexasDeafEd.org/SSB
This video project was made possible by a generous grant from Texas Society of Children of the American Revolution (TSCAR) to the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation. This grant was designated for the development of online ASL Storytelling resources for deaf youth and was produced by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness. Permission to use the book "The Star Spangled Banner" for this video production was granted by Scholastic.
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AG Bell Announces New Parent Hotline! New parents of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing often have many questions and this new resource will lead them to a conversation with a parent who has been where they are. The new hotline is just a click, phone call or video chat away.
Linda Lugo is a teacher at Faye Webb Elementary School. She is also deaf. It was at the school where she saw a need for Spanish speakers to learn sign language. So she took action and created a class for Spanish speakers, with relatives that are deaf, to learn the language.
"My students, when class is over, the next day they say 'my parents can sign this,'" Lugo signed. "(It's great) to see their faces glow and light up, their interpreters say the children are happier and their communication is improving."
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The new Weatherford High School courses, Navigating Life with Hearing Loss and Cyber Citizenship, approved for the 2018-19 school year at last week’s board of trustees meeting, is part of a bigger district push to add more elective courses that focus on the local community, WISD superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. As a regional district for deaf education students and with cyber safety being relevant to all children, the courses are beneficial, Hanks said. “Those are definite needs for both our deaf ed community and all students in general as far as cyber safety is concerned,” he said. “Our deaf ed program recommended to us that we offer it,” Hanks said of the Navigating Life with Hearing Loss elective. Cyber citizenship would focus on online safety, Hanks said.
Find out more at The Weatherford Democrat.