Trailblazers in the Deaf Community: Famous Authors

250 million people around the world have a hearing impairment and two-thirds of those people live in developing countries. Half of deafness and hearing impairments can be avoidable. If a person is deaf, this is the complete loss of hearing in one or both ears; hearing impairment is the complete or partial loss of one or both ears, according… read more >>

American Sign Language (ASL) is NOT used worldwide…..

There is the common misconception that American Sign Language (ASL) is used throughout the world. This is completely false. There are over 70 million Deaf or Hard-of-hearing individuals around the world that use some type of signed language, which is estimated to be about 200 different sign languages throughout the world. There are some signs that may be similar, but each sign language is unique… read more >>

A Sign of the Times with Babies

Babies can communicate and gesture with their hands long before they can speak.  There are many beneficial reasons that support babies learning American Sign Language (ASL): increase caregiver-child bond and communication and improve self–esteem for both adult and baby.   Signing with your baby is not a new fad.  Historically, signing with babies goes back to the 1800’s… read more >>

Rights of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

It is International Week of the Deaf!  First launched in 1958, it is an annual celebration of the global Deaf Community.  This worldwide celebration is held yearly during the last full week of September, the same month that the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf was held.  This year, the theme is “Reaffirming Deaf People’s… read more >>

Sign Language and Human Rights around the World

One would think that having access to language would be a basic human right. However, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing people around the world, still to this day in 2020, have issues accessing language due to one thing or another. Across the globe, Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals do not have access to interpreters or there is a… read more >>

Let’s Go to the Zoo

Hello Mahoning County! Are you like me and miss  being able to go anywhere, say the zoo?  Well, let’s do it! Let’s set up a zoo within our neighborhoods this July! This would be the same as the “Going on a Bear Hunt” everyone saw earlier this spring. See exotic animals as you walk your neighborhoods or at a library… read more >>

History of Baby Sign Language & Deaf Women in History by Jenni

History of Baby Sign Language Learn the history of Baby Sign Language (BSL), from its roots in a strange observation made by a 19th century linguist, through to mainstream acceptance in the 2000s. 1800s: William Dwight Whitney discovers children in deaf families outperforming hearing peers. 1980s: Dr. Joseph Garcia rediscovers BSL and starts teaching signing to… read more >>

Celebrate Deaf History Month Through Reading by Jenni

  Let’s celebrate Deaf History Month with these list of titles with deaf or hard of hearing characters. The following titles can be found when we reopen our buildings: Juvenile:  Dachy’s Deaf by Jack Hughes Hands & Hearts by Donna Jo Napoli Can You Hear a Rainbow? By Jamee Riggio Heelan Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte Youth: Feathers by Jacqueline… read more >>