Rachel Coleman to Appear at the 10th Annual Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk

Lindsey Blau
801.676.4440 Ext. 114


Rachel Coleman, Host of Signing time, to Appear at the 10th Annual Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk

– September 3, 2008 – Rachel Coleman, Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, will perform at the 10th annual Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk (WVDSA) on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the amphitheater located in Riverfront Park in Salem. Coleman will also be performing during a fund-raising concert to benefit the WVDSA. The concert will be held on September 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Morningstar Community Church located at 4775 27th Ave SE.

Coleman, who co-created Signing Time to teach children to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL), has seen firsthand the miracles that can come from using sign language. As the mother of a daughter who is deaf, and another with cerebral palsy and spina bifida, Coleman has spent the last few years making sign language fun and accessible for all children through the Signing Time series with DVDs, music CDs, books, flashcards and board books.

The goal of the Buddy Walk is to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month in October and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome invite “buddies” to walk with them, and buddies can be anyone from friends and family to teachers, coworkers and politicians.

Besides the one-mile track for walking, the Buddy Walk will have a variety of fun activities for children and families of all ages with special entertainment by Rachel Coleman. Coleman will use songs, signs and group interaction to help hundreds of families experience the power of communication through sign language.

Signing Time offers an unparalleled multi-sensory approach to teaching children how to communicate using ASL. It reaches children with diverse learning styles and physical abilities, and encourages interaction through signing, singing, speaking and moving. Signing Time has become the largest library of entertaining signing videos of its kind.

Tickets for the concert will be $5.00. One ticket will allow attendees to enter both events.

For more information and directions to these events, visit http://www.wvdsa.com/.

Signing Time is a captivating and entertaining DVD series and television program produced by Two Little Hands Productions. Signing Time was created to make American Sign Language fun and easy for children of all ages and abilities. Two Little Hands Productions also produces the popular Baby Signing Time DVDs and CDs that have played a prominent role in the recent “baby signing” trend.
Two Little Hands Productions is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, please visit www.signingtime.com.

The goal of the Willamette Valley Down Syndrome Association is to provide support for families in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and surrounding areas, who find themselves in the delightful position of raising a child with Down syndrome. Initially, there are so many questions and concerns one may have as a parent of a child with Down syndrome – the kind of questions that can only be answered by other parents who have “been there, done that!” We also hope to provide information in many other areas. If we can’t answer your questions, we hope to point you in the right direction to find those answers!

Dolores Scott, WVDS Association Communications Representative, 503.991.4284, dmtai3@hotmail.com

Lindsey Blau, Communications Manager, Two Little Hands Productions, 801.502.8534, lindsey@signingtime.com