Two of the three deaf families featured in the new A&E Special “Deaf out Loud” which will air on September 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. (CST) on the A&E Network attends Texas School of the Deaf.
The Garcias are a family of eight—four of their children attend TSD. Francisco, the father, is a TSD alumnus. His wife, April, is hearing but is a child of deaf parents. Both are founders of Hope’s Lighthouse and advocates for fostering and adoption of deaf children.
The Mansfields - Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson - who are both deaf, are founders of the online educational website, ASL Nook. They are a family of four and communicate exclusively using American Sign Language (ASL)—although, one daughter is hearing.
In follow-up to their tremendous success with “Born That Way” featuring life among individuals with Downs syndrome, A&E has focused on the lives of three predominantly deaf families and how they live full and vibrant lives and the many choices they make in doing such. A&E has published a trailer and a viewing guide which, though designed more for general audiences outside the field, might be fun for the teachers and kids to have as it’s designed with activities to be adapted to any level of dialogue.
Be sure to watch on Wednesday, September 12th!!
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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Thirty-two videos have been translated so far. The goal is to complete 1,000 videos by fall 2019.
The hope is to launch a movement and inspire others to start creating sign language academic videos to open source education for the deaf.
Read the full story at The Exponent.
The app BW Dance, which creates visualizations and vibrations for the deaf or hard of hearing (HOH) to help them feel the music. According to the iTunes store description, the app turns music into visual equalizer, vibration signals, and flashing lights.
Find out more at The American Genius.