Jen Foundas learned her son William was deaf when he was 6 weeks old. As he has grown over the last five years, she, too, is studying American Sign Language. And the Foundas family aren’t alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
Brought to you by the Deaf Culture Centre and Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Book written by Linda McLaughlin and illustrated by Laura Walker.
This is a heartfelt story about a little penguin who is looking for a deaf friend to sign with. Guess who that would be?
There is an array of educational ASL videos to enhance Deaf students’ language learning. It includes ASL storytelling, ASL grammatical units, ASL poetry, and many more. This is a property of Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a bilingual charter school located in Denver, Colorado.
The purpose of sharing #whyIsign narratives
Families are still not given resources or support about including signing with their ddbddldhh children. Families often feel alone in their signing journey. For most, their baby is the first deaf person they meet. They often are nervous and scared to connect with the deaf community. Our diverse communities often desire to connect with hearing families, but lack knowledge of where families are & how to reach out.
Through sharing #whyIsign narratives, people can:
Connect with deaf & hard of hearing children to other families
Connect to DDBDDHHLD & the diverse communities within
Connect with the signing communities (CODA’s, students, friends, community members, etc.)
Share resources and information about resources of raising a deaf and hard of hearing child
Understand that sign language is a right, not an option