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Sign Language and Human Rights around the World

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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

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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

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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

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  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 >>