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.
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Washington, D.C. – February 5, 2018 – The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), the oldest national non-profit organization providing resources to parents of deaf children, announced today that its board of directors has selected Rachel de Azevedo Coleman as the organization’s Executive Director.
“After a nationwide search we are thrilled to have Rachel as our new Executive Director,” said Board President Avonne Brooker-Rutowski. “We are confident that Rachel’s experience raising a deaf child and giving her child access to both English and American Sign Language, her history of taking action to better her daughter’s life, and her passion for her work will bring ASDC to the next level.”
There is a new resource available that has been created by the Texas Deaf and Hard of Hearing Network called TxDHH Learning Bites. It is a resource designed to help with Professional Development that can happen wherever you may be. It was created to meet the needs of professionals seek to spend a few minutes of their time growing their knowledge base or who are already doing their own professional development outside of work hours, but have no way of documenting, or receiving credit for that work. TxDHH Learning Bites will be a weekly publication that contains resources that can take as little as 1 minute to review, or provides opportunities to spend an extended amount of time learning about various topics that meet professional needs. We hope you enjoy reading the TxDHH Learning Bites. To access the TxDHH Learning Bites weekly update, click here!
On October 13, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) announced its global expansion with the launch of Alexander Graham Bell International (AG Bell International) in Madrid, Spain, the first-ever expansion of the 126-year-old nonprofit organization. AG Bell acquired Spanish organizations CLAVE and Fundación Oír Es Clave (Hearing is Key Foundation), which now comprise Alexander Graham Bell International. Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, best known for inventing the telephone, launched the original nonprofit organization in the 1890s to assist those with hearing loss.
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