El Paso ISD Day School for the Deaf is offering adult American Sign Language classes. Free sign language classes are offered at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays in the Hillside cafeteria. Those interested can begin classes any time of the year. Read more how the classes helps adults learn the basics of American Sign Language.
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!!
Published in Oregon Public Broadcasting, Meaghan Clark Tiernan wrote about how Deaf-owned eateries are creating jobs for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Tiernan wrote "There are few employment opportunities for individuals who identify as deaf. According to a study by the National Deaf Center (NDC) in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, only about 48 percent of the deaf community is employed in the United States (compared with 72 percent of hearing individuals). Mozzeria’s partnership with the CSD has the potential to change that." Read more about the fight joblessness within the Deaf community.
Gallaudet University Regional Center - South invites high schools with Deaf and hard of hearing college-bound students who love to compete and excel in language arts, math, science and/or current events to form an academic bowl team.
Contact GURC.ACC@gallaudet.edu to learn more about setting up a team.
Visit www.gallaudet.edu/youth-programs/academic-bowl for more information about the academic bowl. [photo by Zhee Chatmon]
Are you missing those airport announcements? Read more about advocating for accessibility at the airport published in Los Angeles Times.