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Project Runway Designer Justin LeBlanc influenced by his deafness

Project Runway Designer Justin LeBlanc influenced by his deafness

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This season's Project Runway, includes Justin LeBlanc, a deaf designer and assistant professor at the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Justin is a talented designer with a background in architecture. He interned for Alexander McQueen and Nick Cave and was awarded a Louis Vuitton Scholarship while studying his master's degree. Justin was born deaf and says, "My deafness has always influenced my design aesthetic." Being deaf has made him a more visual person - he depends on sight in ...
The Importance of Coupling Writing with Signing

The Importance of Coupling Writing with Signing

By John Miller  |  Monday, July 15, 2013

I know, you never thought you would hear me ("The Man in the Blue Shirt") say that deaf children are signing too much, right?  Well I say it only in perspective of comparing their signing skills to their writing skills. I think there are often times in the field of Deaf Education that the parents, teachers and interpreters that are working with the deaf and hard of hearing population are just so excited that the children are beginning to express themselves ...
The many facets of sign language

The many facets of sign language

By John Miller  |  Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sign language is not a universal language. Unfortunately sign language is NOT universal throughout the world. There is American Sign Language, British Sign Language, Spanish Sign Language, Japanese Sign Language, Ausian (Australian Sign Language) and many more. In fact, there are even multiple sign languages used in the United States (American Sign Language, Signed Exact English, regional dialects, etc.). Although one universal sign language would probably make things easier, just like with spoken language, the world would have a very difficult ...
Partnership with WonderGrove Kids on Animated Lessons supported by American Sign Language

Partnership with WonderGrove Kids on Animated Lessons supported by American Sign Language

By John Miller  |  Friday, April 5, 2013

Raising a young child in this day and age of fast paced life is difficult. It is hard to keep up with the excitement of animated video games and television shows, which often times are not displaying the behavior or teaching the lessons that we want our young children to learn and emulate. This is why we at Signing Savvy are very proud to have a partnership with an animation company, called WonderGrove Kids, that’s primary focus is to take the ...
Signing Savvy Member App now available on Kindle Fire via Amazon App Store

Signing Savvy Member App now available on Kindle Fire via Amazon App Store

By Jillian Winn  |  Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Signing Savvy Member App is now available on the Amazon App Store. Having the app on the Amazon App Store makes it easier to install the app on Kindle Fire devices. The Signing Savvy Member App has been available on the Apple App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices for some time, so we are excited to be able to offer it on the Amazon App Store now as well. The Signing Savvy Member App is for Signing Savvy full ...
Switched at Birth entirely in American Sign Language TONIGHT Monday, March 4

Switched at Birth entirely in American Sign Language TONIGHT Monday, March 4

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, March 4, 2013

Tune into the television show Switched at Birth tonight (Monday, March 4th), to see the new episode "Uprising" told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL). It airs at 8/7 central time on ABC Family. It will be the first show on mainstream television to air in entirely ASL. The episode will have open captions for hearing viewers. The storyline was inspired by protests that happened 25 years ago this March at Gallaudet University. The real-life "Deaf President Now" protests began on ...
Teaching Young Children to Sign

Teaching Young Children to Sign

By John Miller  |  Monday, February 25, 2013

I have had several questions about how to teach young children to sign recently, so I wanted to repost an article I wrote back in 2009 (with a few modifications), which answers many of the questions. Research has shown that a child's muscles in the hands and fingers develop at a faster rate than those in the mouth and jaw. This shows us that a child is better equipped at a young age to sign before they can speak. And children ...
Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

By John Miller  |  Thursday, February 14, 2013

We hope you have a great Valentine's Day! This is a reposting of our blog post from last Valentine's day. It does a great job of covering all the different ways to show LOVE... in sign language that is! Many people know and use the sign for I LOVE YOU. This sign is used universal throughout the country and the world. We see it all over television, at sporting events and during "shout outs" to our mothers. The sign is actually ...
The Use of an Assistance Dog for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Use of an Assistance Dog for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

By John Miller  |  Thursday, January 31, 2013

Many people have heard of individuals using dogs to assist them with their visual difficulties, but the use of dogs for people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing is less understood by the general public. Hearing dogs for the deaf alert their owners to sounds, both inside and outside of the home. Some deaf people also choose to get hearing dogs for safety reasons. The general public's lack of understanding about dogs for the deaf has been known to cause ...
Happy Birthday and Member App Update

Happy Birthday and Member App Update

By Jillian Winn  |  Sunday, January 20, 2013

We launched Signing Savvy in January 2009 with the goal of creating a comprehensive online sign language resource.  Over the last four years the site has grown dramatically in content, features, and usage.  We are so grateful for the support of all of our active users.  It is you, our users, that make Signing Savvy so special. We particularly are thankful for our full members who allow us to continue to grow and maintain the site and enhance its features.  As we celebrate ...