American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is offering five, 30-minute ASL sessions with Deaf adult role models to first 500 ASDC members. ASDC recognizes the importance of Deaf adult role models in the lives of families raising deaf children. SignOn is a virtual immersion program that lets you practice your ASL live with a Deaf adult from the comfort of your own computer. Visit SignOn sign up page for more information.
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.
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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