Stories create who we are and define how we understand our shared humanity. Melissa Malzkuhn speaks on her work championing literacy in the deaf community, her family history with storytelling, and gives an introduction to American Sign Language.
Rayman is an adorable raccoon who was saved by Wild Saga With Call. Brandon’s plan was to training Rayman on how to survive on his own when he turns into an adult raccoon. But they ended up becoming best friends!
Committed to innovation, collaboration and training, DWT is the artistic bridge between the deaf and hearing worlds.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, Deaf West Theatre engages artists and audiences in unparalleled theater experiences inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of sign language, weaving ASL with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice.
The Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures (JASLL) offers a permanent home for ASL publications in its most natural and accessible medium – video. A video-based medium provides a space for leading educators, researchers, and storytellers to share their work with the public in signed language. Most importantly, JASLL urges a paradigm shift in how peer-reviewed publications need not be limited to text but can encompass video publications and articles. JASLL also provides an opportunity for Deaf communities to access scholarly information through their primary and natural language, signed language.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. Our membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, our organization represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss. We have local chapters comprised mainly of parents along with professionals. As the largest parent organization for families raising children who are deaf/hard of hearing in the U.S., we are called upon for thought leadership in health, education and parenting arenas, and work with families and the systems that support them from hearing screening, identification, early intervention, school-age, and transition from high school.