ASL Connect, through Gallaudet University, is offering free basic ASL class online with accredited ASL courses also available online.
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.
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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.”