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Deaf Education and Families Project

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CSUN’s Deaf Education And Families (DEAF) Project empowers families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), connecting them with the most effective services and the greatest educational opportunities. The DEAF Project emphasizes educational programs that focus on children’s abilities, helping them lead productive and enriched lives.

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Growing Together: Creating Language-Rich Environments

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Established as a National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center in 2006, Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) seeks to advance understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms of learning.

Through collaborative research, the Center works to answer fundamental science questions about higher cognition and how humans learn, especially learning through the eyes. We investigate the effect of visual processes, visual language, and visual learning and social experiences on the development of cognition and language, reading, and literacy. With a particular focus on deaf individuals and sign language, we study learning processes in monolinguals and bilinguals across the life span in order to promote the meaningful translation of science for the benefit of education and society.

VL2 has created a set of visually appealing and accessible materials about VL2’s research on the advantages of early visual language and ASL-English bilingualism and what this means for deaf and hard of hearing children’s language acquisition and literacy.

“Growing Together: Creating Language-Rich Environments” is a series of interviews with parents, researchers, and scientists.

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Deaf Poets Society

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Douglas Ridloff is a poet and visual storyteller creating original works in American Sign Language. And in support of signing, his goal is to make ASL a part of the whole community, not just a part of a marginalized community. Douglas wants to make signing hip and significant.

Douglas Ridloff is the owner, executive director and host of ASL SLAM (www.aslslam.com) a monthly open mic event in NYC that functions as a space for the Deaf community to creatively play with ASL through poetry performances, improv, games and storytelling, often bringing special guests from around the world to perform. As a widely popular platform, ASL SLAM has now been established as a monthly event in Washington DC, Chicago and Orlando with Douglas’s oversight and guidance. Recently, Douglas has organized performances at the Whitney Museum, the Jewish Museum, SITE Santa Fe and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and has traveled to perform his own poetry and to bring ASL SLAM to Deaf communities around the world, including Jamaica, Cuba, Finland, England, Sweden and Australia.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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How Sign Language Works

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American Sign Language is an enchanting visual language. Christine Sun Kim shares how it works in her TED Talk.

Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn’t a part of her life, that it was a hearing person’s thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn’t have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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Ivy’s Journey

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Transcript:

Hi my name is ivy. See my shirt? I’m transgender. I was born a boy changed to a girl since age two but I came out as a girl at age five. The reason I’m wearing this shirt because we are tired of hiding our true identity and afraid of going to bathroom with someone…. Will they picking on me? Bullying me? Well, I don’t know. That’s why we need your support transgender kids like me. There’s high percent young transgender suicide themselves because of not acceptance, the society itself and etc. that’s all. I love you all.

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