Summer Camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Camp Sign, a communication barrier-free outdoor training program, provides youth between the ages of 8 - 17 with a community of caring mentors and peers who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills such as self-advocacy are learned at Camp Sign.
Camp Sign operates under the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) under Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC), and depends on donations to keep the program running. Parents and guardians contribute to the camp fees ($35.00 - $235.00, depending on income level). Medical exams and transportation are not included in this price. The Camp SIGN mission is to have all deaf or hard of hearing students from around the state of Texas participate in the program regardless of their communication mode.
Please help us accomplish our mission and consider a camper sponsorship or in-kind donation. Examples of in-kinddonations include t-shirts, backpacks, reusable water bottles, gift bags, towels, sunglasses, and more, for approximately 120 campers and 50 staff/volunteers. In recognition of your sponsorship or donation, we would be honored to have your logo on our Camp SIGN banner, your promotional materials in the camper gift bags, and acknowledgment in our post-camp "Thank You" message.
Tax deductible gifts and grants may be sent to Camp Sign, c/o Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, P.O. Box 12904; Austin, Texas 78711. For more information, please contact us at (512) 982-1709 or by email DHHS.Training@hhsc.state.tx.us.
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We appreciate your support of our deaf and hard of hearing youth!
Applicants are now invited to apply for Camp SIGN, an outdoor experience program hosted by the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS) at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)!
Camp SIGN is held just 35 miles north of Houston at Camp Misty Meadows in Conroe, Texas, which is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Inc. Activities may include: swimming, archery, arts and crafts, horseback riding, STEM, teambuilding, and drama.
Campers -- youth between the ages of 8 and 17 who are deaf or hard of hearing. View application instructions HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8295867304195850499
Counselors -- persons age 18 and older, with leadership skills and interest in working with youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, may apply for a counselor, lead counselor, activity counselor or junior counselor position. View position descriptions HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1979620503856409859
For more information, please contact DHHS.Training@hhsc.state.tx.us or call (512) 982-1709.
ABOUT CAMP SIGN:
Camp SIGN provides an environment of acceptance and encouragement for youth ages 8 through 17, who are deaf or hard of hearing, regardless of their communication mode. Camp SIGN strives to reduce the isolation often felt by persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by offering a place to socialize with others with similar means of communicating.
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.”
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.
To learn more, see the story at CISION PR Newswire.
The World Federation for the Deaf (WFD) works closely with the United Nations and its various agencies in promoting the human rights of Deaf people in accordance with the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the UN and its specialized agencies.
WFD is seeking qualified individuals to serve as members on WFD Expert Groups working on: