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Signing Time Foundation June Events

The Signing Time Foundation partners with organizations, schools, agencies, conferences, and Buddy Walks across the country to create community outreach experiences like no other. The mission of our Signing Time Community concerts and events is: Include, Inspire & Empower! Our community concerts with Rachel Coleman are fully-inclusive events that are designed to let every child of every ability fully participate and enjoy the experience. Typically developing children as well as those with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, speech delays, verbal apraxia, or physical disabilities will find a place “where friends can meet and find we’re not so different after all.” (That’s a direct quote from …

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ASL Comedian Keith Wann Interviews Rachel

ASL comedian Keith Wann recently interviewed Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time, Rachel Coleman on his live internet radio show Cultural Bridges. Listen to clips from the show. Signing Time Beginnings My Life Before Signing Time Why We Created Signing Time I Wasn’t Supposed to Host the Show! Deaf Community’s Response to Signing Time Fighting Misconceptions: Signing is for ALL Kids Parenting Experiences Lessons in Being Hearing Parents of a Deaf Child Getting ASL for Leah in School ASL vs. Signed Exact English ASL vs Speech: Speech is a Skill Changing the School’s Expectations What I Do Now  Signing Time Foundation High Points of …

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Signing Time Foundation Events: Creating a World of Understanding

The Signing Time Foundation partners with organizations, schools, agencies, conferences, and Buddy Walks across the country to create community outreach experiences like no other. The mission of our Signing Time Community concerts and events is: Include, Inspire & Empower! Our community concerts with Rachel Coleman are fully-inclusive events that are designed to let every child of every ability fully participate and enjoy the experience. Typically developing children as well as those with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, speech delays, verbal apraxia, or physical disabilities will find a place “where friends can meet and find we’re not so different after all.” …

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Ghana 2012: A Change in Perspective (Pablo’s Story)

by Pablo Martos, Certified Signing Time Academy Instructor Somehow, I convinced a remarkable young woman to marry me nine years ago, and she went around being remarkable until someone invited her to go to Ghana. I tagged along. It started when a friend gave us some DVDs featuring an overly chipper woman in orange to help us communicate with our developmentally delayed son. Since then, my wife has started training to be an ASL interpreter, and has worked for Rachel in a number of capacities. I tended to be involved in some of the larger projects she did for the …

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Ghana: The Little Changes Make the Biggest Difference

By Carissa Martos: Certified Signing Time Academy Instructor and Signing Time Foundation Academy Outreach Coordinator Going to Ghana as an interpreting student, I experienced the same culture shock surrounding poverty as the others (Rachel, Pablo, Ronai, Jen, Aaron and the girls) have noted, as well as the lack of in interpreting services and limits to what Deaf children are able to achieve in the current structure, and the misconceptions and prejudices that are rampant in the country. Then I remembered that the concept of Deaf education only came to Ghana in 1957, when Andrew Foster established the school that would …

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Ghana 2012: Moments of Magic (Ronai’s story)

by Ronai Brumet, Signing Time Academy Master Instructor They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s good, because I have a thousand pictures and I’m having a hard time coming up with words that can adequately describe the experience that I had in Ghana. I was privileged enough to go with an amazing group of people that included my 14 year old daughter, Ellie. I, of course, was worried, as I think any mother would be, about how she would handle all of the change. Ellie is kind of shy until she warms up to a …

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Rachel Coleman and Signing Time featured in Investors.com article

Sign-Language Whiz Rachel Coleman Inspires Children By LISA SCHMEISER, FOR INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 02/08/2012 01:23 PM ET Go to full article   Rachel Coleman’s Two Little Hands produces “Signing Time” TV shows on PBS and Nick Jr., plus makes DVDs, board books and flashcards. When Rachel Coleman’s daughter Leah was a baby, the singer-songwriter was writing music, performing with her band We the Living, and shrugging at the good luck of having a baby who could sleep through band rehearsals. It wasn’t the best fortune after all. By early 1998, when Leah was 14 months old, Coleman learned that …

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Ghana 2012: Love is addictive (Jen’s story)

by Jennifer Suttner, Rachel and Emilie’s cousin It’s been almost three weeks since I returned from Africa with the Signing Time Foundation and I have to admit my thoughts are still there more often than not. I miss those kids. My time in Ghana was life-changing (for so many reasons). I will never again take for granted being able to turn a knob and have clean, hot water come out of it. I will also never forget what an amazing support system I have here at home. I’m a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend. I have so many …

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Why I am Going to Ghana: Pablo’s Story

Pablo Martos is an ASL student, a Baby Signing Time Instructor, and the father of two signing children with special needs.  He’s also the husband of Carissa, Master Signing Time Instructor and the Signing Time Foundation’s Academy Outreach Coordinator. Why am I going to Ghana? I’m a stay at home dad, and just started a grad school program. What am I doing going to Ghana? Well, the story goes back a couple years. You see, my wife is the infamously indefatigable Carissa Martos, and we have two kids who are . . . different. When we discovered that one of …

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Rachel and Leah: Why we are going to Ghana (Video)

On January 13th, Signing Time stars Rachel and Leah Coleman (as well as other members of the Signing Time Foundation Team) will be boarding a plane for Accra, Ghana. They’ll be spending nearly two weeks, in partnership with Signs of Hope International, working among the Deaf children and schools in this West African nation.  Watch this video to find out why – and how you can help support their work!  (Video is captioned) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdh-SIW8abE&version=3&feature=player_embedded] When clicking the Paypal buttons below, they cannot be opened in a new tab, but must be opened with just a left click (if you …

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