General Interest Articles

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 ...
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 ...
Living Loud: K.T. Maviglia - Miss Michigan and Miss America Contestant

Living Loud: K.T. Maviglia - Miss Michigan and Miss America Contestant

By Jillian Winn
Friday, September 19, 2014

K.T. Maviglia was a Miss Michigan and Miss America 2015 Contestant. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing woman.
Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America

Living Loud: Heather Whitestone - First Deaf Miss America

By Marta Belsky
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Heather Whitestone was the First Deaf Miss America. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing deaf woman.
Why Not to Buy Manual Alphabet Cards from Peddlers

Why Not to Buy Manual Alphabet Cards from Peddlers

By Marta Belsky
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We are constantly posting tips, facts, and learning resources related to sign language and Deaf culture on our Twitter @SigningSavvy.  Occasionally we get questions about our tweets and explain them further with a followup article, like this one: At the airport I was approached by a deaf person selling manual alphabet cards. Should I buy one? Answer: No! No! No! #Deaf #ASL
Derrick Coleman inspires many as first deaf NFL player to play in a Super Bowl

Derrick Coleman inspires many as first deaf NFL player to play in a Super Bowl

By Jillian Winn
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Check out this Duracell commercial about deaf NFL player Derrick Coleman.     NOTE: We by no means are promoting (or not promoting) the use of their batteries or hearing aids in general, just want to make sure that you did not miss this inspirational story.   Derrick Coleman is the first deaf NFL player to ever play in the Super Bowl.  Previously, there were two deaf defensive players in the NFL - Bonnie Sloan was the first deaf player to play in the ...
Being inclusive this holiday season

Being inclusive this holiday season

By John Miller
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Acceptance and being included is something all of us want in life. Think of growing up and some of the crazy things we did in order to fit in or be part of the group. For many deaf and hard of hearing children, the idea of being the part of a group is something they long for but it is difficult to have happen because of limited communication.   In my several years of teaching deaf and hard of hearing children I ...
Pumpkin is a superfood!

Pumpkin is a superfood!

By Jillian Winn
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Attention boys and ghouls! In the spirit of Fall and Halloween, learn about why pumpkins are a superfood in this WonderGrove Kids animation featuring sign language from Signing Savvy. WonderGrove Kids animated lessons with sign language are specifically designed for helping Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade kids. The animations are a fun way to learn and practice sign language vocabulary, while specifically designed to fit well with an Early Childhood Curriculum - they are perfect for daily use in ...
Countdown to Halloween - Favorite Seasonal Signs

Countdown to Halloween - Favorite Seasonal Signs

By John Miller
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

With Halloween next week, the countdown to Halloween has officially begun! We asked everyone on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page what their favorite "seasonal signs" are. And the survey says… skeleton spider scary fireworks pumpkin ghost Check out the Sign of the Day from now to Halloween to see each of these signs featured as we countdown to Halloween. Join the conversation on our Signing Savvy Facebook Page or tell us your favorite seasonal sign for Halloween by leaving a comment ...
Recap of Deaf Awareness Week

Recap of Deaf Awareness Week

By Jillian Winn
Monday, September 30, 2013

Yesterday (Sunday, September 29) was International Day of the Deaf and the end of Deaf Awareness Week. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf. Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide. There are many ways to participate in Deaf Awareness Week. Here are some ways people around the U.S. recognized Deaf Awareness Week last week: In Las ...