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Tips for Reading with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Tips for Reading with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

By John Miller  |  Friday, February 27, 2015

The Importance of Reading with Children According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 53 percent of children ages three to five are read to daily by a family member.1 Yet, children are significantly better at reading comprehension when parents read with them and encourage reading.2  Children who are read to at home do better in school.  Research shows they are better at knowing the alphabet, counting, writing their names, and reading.3 Additionally, the more types of reading materials there are in the home, the ...
Voice Contestant Signs the Team She Wants to Be on

Voice Contestant Signs the Team She Wants to Be on

By Jillian Winn  |  Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When it was time for The Voice contestant Treeva Gibson to choose which coach’s team she wanted to be on, she responded, "I’m going to sign this, so my parents can see who I pick." Her parents were anxiously waiting backstage with an interpreter and her mom burst into a huge smile when the interpreter told her Treeva said she was going to sign. Her mom switched her focus from the interpreter to the monitor and watched Treeva sign (and voice), ...
Cooking Up Language with Signs: Practice Signing at Home While Making Your Favorite Holiday Treats

Cooking Up Language with Signs: Practice Signing at Home While Making Your Favorite Holiday Treats

By John Miller  |  Friday, December 19, 2014

One really fun idea for teachers to do for their students’ families for the holidays is to assemble a virtual cookbook filled with recipes to create at home.  We all know how important it is for children to be communicated with at home, as well as school, but many times parents are reluctant to do some activities at home because they don’t have the sign vocabulary to do so.
Interpreting 4-1-1: Guidelines to Help Interpreters When Doing Pro Bono Work

Interpreting 4-1-1: Guidelines to Help Interpreters When Doing Pro Bono Work

By Brenda Cartwright  |  Thursday, December 4, 2014

By offering pro bono services, interpreters are enriched professionally and personally. This is something interpreters should all do on a regular basis.  Pro bono work is an important part of professional development and it is a great way to help others in need, provide a gift to thank others, and give back to your community.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving!  Did you notice the theme of our Signs of the Day for the past week?  Leading up to Thanksgiving, all of our Signs of the Day have been Thanksgiving related:  Thursday, November 20: Feast Friday, November 21: Ship Saturday, November 22: Pumpkin Sunday, November 23: Pie Monday, November 24: Appreciate / Please Tuesday, November 25: Thank You Wednesday, November 26: Family Thursday, November 27: (Thanksgiving) Thanksgiving We also have a Thanksgiving Coloring Page from our partners at WonderGrove Learn Animated Lessons with Sign Language that you can print ...
Interpreter 4-1-1: Certified Deaf Interpreters Explained

Interpreter 4-1-1: Certified Deaf Interpreters Explained

By Marta Belsky  |  Friday, November 14, 2014

While the concept of Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI) is not new, many people are not familiar with what they do, so misunderstandings can occur on how to utilize deaf interpreters. What is a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI)?
Interpreter 4-1-1: 5 Tips for Being Successful in an Interpreter Training Program

Interpreter 4-1-1: 5 Tips for Being Successful in an Interpreter Training Program

By Brenda Cartwright  |  Monday, October 20, 2014

This article is specifically for Interpreters in Training. Interpreter Training Programs are both challenging and rewarding.  It is really up to the student to make the most of the Interpreter Training Program (ITP).  The more passionate and hard working you are, the more rewarding the experience will be. Think for a moment about your definition of success. What does a successful person do? What does a successful person think? What does a successful person believe? How will you ensure that your time in your Interpreter Training Program is successful? What changes will you need to make? Here are 5 tips for being successful in an Interpreter Training Program...
Tips for Rhyming in Sign Language

Tips for Rhyming in Sign Language

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Every year around this time, I get a message or two from teachers and interpreters of deaf children asking how to best convey the concept of rhymes to their students.  Rhyming is a very common curriculum goal in many, if not all early childhood education programs throughout the United States and Canada. The problem often with rhyming is that many of the words are made-up and, therefore, they have no sign.  We all know that words that have no sign should ...
New movie to watch for: NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

New movie to watch for: NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE

By Jillian Winn  |  Friday, September 26, 2014

NO ORDINARY HERO: THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE is a family drama about a deaf actor who plays a superhero on a TV show who must look beyond the cape to inspire a deaf boy to believe in himself. Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, NO ORDINARY HERO, featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, is the evolution story in this fictitious family drama. John Maucere stars as Tony Kane who plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he’s just another ...
Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

Movies to Check out During Deaf Awareness Week

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not sure what you can do to participate in Deaf Awareness Week?  Try to find events in your local area, but if you’re having trouble finding a local Deaf Awareness Week event, a great thing to do is to learn something new about Deaf culture - read some articles, learn a few new signs, or watch a movie about a deaf story. There are a number of movies that feature deaf stories. Some of the most well known movies that feature deaf ...