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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Many Faces of the Users of Sign Language

The Many Faces of the Users of Sign Language

By John Miller  |  Sunday, November 25, 2012

About a year and a half ago, I came across a young man having problems in one of my schools.  He was about five years old and like any other five year old boy, he was a bit stubborn.  But, unfortunately, he was also known to be a bit of a “flight risk” from the classroom.  We will call him Alex. Alex isn’t deaf.  I don’t even think he is hard of hearing.  Alex is a very bright young man….a bright ...
Vote or pass gas?

Vote or pass gas?

By John Miller  |  Thursday, October 25, 2012

Seeing that we are in midst of the election season, I thought it would only be fitting to share a non-partisan sign language story that should give you a good chuckle as you enter your local voting precinct. This story relates directly to how signs can have very similar hand shapes and very similar movements BUT can have very different meanings just because of a few subtle changes!  For example, see the similarity between the signs for vote and fart. This experience ...