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Say, Sing And Sign

Developed with the help of speech and language experts, these programs teach parents how to sign with their babies and encourage early communication. Babies naturally use a combination of gestures and sounds as part of typical speech development. This series builds upon a these sounds and gestures by incorporating signs and to help little ones communicate.

Science Nation: Signing Made Easy

Experts say learning sign language is on par with an English speaker trying to learn Japanese. It’s not easy. And for this reason about 75% of hearing parents can't sign fluently to their deaf children. Thad Starner, director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech, and his team are developing devices to bridge this communication gap. With funding from the National Science Foundation, they’re making it easier for both kids and parents to learn sign language.

Deaf Perspectives On Sign Writing Video Series: First Video

Deaf individuals share how their opinions about Sign Writing, a system for writing in sign language, have changed from negative to favorable. They also express their hopes for the future. Valerie Sutton, inventor of Sign Writing, relates how she came to develop this system.

The Spectrum Of Autism

Shares the experiences of several families who have struggled to love and care for children who are at various points on the spectrum of autism. Teaches about the symptoms which first alerted families to the possibility of a developmental disorder in their children, the challenges they faced in obtaining an accurate diagnosis, and problems securing proper treatment and educational settings appropriate to their children's needs. Discusses the perspectives of clinicians and educators who explain the difficulties they face in recognizing autism, and points to some common developmental signs that may be early signals of the disorder. Includes delays or regression in learning to talk; difficulties in understanding and integrating various forms of sensory stimuli; and failure to develop normal speech, language, or early social skills. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box, (3) subtitled description.

Science Nation: Breakthrough in Early Cancer Detection

There are only a few procedures that can detect very early signs of cancer. Those that do are often invasive, expensive, and uncomfortable. With support from the National Science Foundation, Vadim Backman of Northwestern University is developing technology that makes detecting cancer earlier. He’s doing it by shedding light on cancer cell development at the nanoscale level.

Science Nation: Wearable Sensors to Monitor Triggers for Asthma, and More

The Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Advanced Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at North Carolina State University is developing technology that will alert someone when air pollution is about to take its toll on their heart and lungs. ASSIST Director Veena Misra and her multidisciplinary team are using nanotechnology to develop small, wearable sensors that monitor a person’s immediate environment, as well as the wearer’s vital signs. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

The Treasure: Poems By Ella Mae Lentz

Ella Mae Lentz, a well-known deaf poet, signs her most memorable poems. This collection of her work traces the development of her poetic style, beginning with her original works in written English, which were later translated into ASL, and continues to her more recent works composed in ASL. Note: Contains potentially offensive language and gestures.

War: For Interpreters For The Deaf

Inspired by the events in Iraq 2003, this program was developed to introduce war signs to interpreters for the deaf and to the deaf community. Join Gallaudet graduate Connie Salvador as she demonstrates over 50 war-related signs and gives examples of how each might be used in a sentence. Shows that for some words, such as air force base and Saddam Hussein, abbreviations are acceptable, while others, like army and Iraq, usually require fingerspelling. Contains vocabulary words that are universal to all wars.

Coen: My Story About Organ Donors

Coen was born with cystic fibrosis and later developed diabetes. Due to the damage to his lungs, Coen received a double lung transplant at age 15. He is now able to enjoy snorkeling, jet-skiing, and swimming. Today Coen is raising awareness to potential donors about the life saving gift of tissue and organs in hopes of signing them up and saving others’ lives. Part of the series My:24.

The Mirror In My Mind: Body Image & Self-Esteem

Personal body image develops during the teen years and greatly affects people for the rest of their lives. False visual information about body shape distorts teens' self-perception. This frequently leads to anorexia, steroid use, or drug abuse. Several teens share personal experiences about their perceived flaws. Discusses warning signs of body dysmorphic disorder. Encourages changing negative self-talk, and promotes the understanding that there is more to a person than just his or her physical appearance.

Job Search Preparation

Lists the steps that a job seeker needs to complete when preparing for a job search. Includes completing a self-assessment, developing networking skills, and using a variety of resources for finding job leads. Covers using key industry words during interviews. Suggests setting aside a work space for the job search. Stresses the importance of follow-ups and discusses reference lists. Signed in ASL with voice-over narration.

4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week (Episode 23)

Iridium is a rare element used to light up cell phones and TVs. However, researchers have found a way to use a more common element to power electrical devices: copper. Researchers are also developing a better treatment for osteoarthritis through nanotechnology. Other segments include research into specialized metabolites and devices that translate sign language. Part of the "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week" series.

Diabetes: Why Many Teens Are At Risk

As a direct result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity, Type 2 diabetes has become a serious health risk for many teens. Presents the medical facts about diabetes; the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; the risk factors for developing diabetes; the warning signs of diabetes; and the critical steps necessary to control diabetes, including changes in diet and exercise and proper medical care. Profiles teens who describe how they are controlling their diabetes in order to live long and healthy lives. Identifies ways you can help a friend or classmate who has diabetes. Also delivers a clear message that teens can take positive steps now to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and avoid the lifelong struggle of managing this potentially life-threatening disease.

American Sign Language

DCMP has a huge collection of ASL training materials, lessons, and more. Earn CEUs through the use of WWWorkshops by Signs of Development. From DCMP Educator Resources

Sign Language Interpreters: Using Interpreters as a Reasonable Accommodation for Testing

Regardless of one's role in administering an assessment – as a professor in a college course or a psychological examiner conducting an evaluation – test providers recognize the importance of obtaining an accurate measurement of student learning, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and skills. about pepnet, fast-fact

The Rewards of Description

Margaret Hardy, a pioneer in the field of audio description, discusses Gregory Frazier's descriptive services work in San Francisco with AudioVision. From Margaret Hardy about description, history

In Praise of Siblings

The understatement of my life could be that "all kids are different." Give my daughter a set of watercolors and brushes, and she's happy all afternoon. Her brother's idea of fun with paint involves camouflage, a CO-2 cartridge with a case of 500 high velocity pellets and a semi-automatic paintball gun. I should have seen this coming when my eldest first wielded his pork chop bone like a Walther PPK during Sunday dinner at the tender age of two. Only three men I know use a pork chop bone like that, and I gave birth to two of them (and married the third). Either brother would lay his life down for his sister, assuming she hadn't gotten on his nerves that day. From Leeanne Seaver about parents

Parents' Vital Supporting Role in Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education

Parenting a deaf or hard of hearing child was never simple, but rearing the child with a hearing loss today presents a dizzying array of choices, settings, communication methods, philosophies, and regulatory procedures. about parents

Value of DCMP Audio Description: A Producer's Perspective

Hilari Scarl explains how quality audio description enhanced her documentary. From Hilari Scarl about description, producers-and-distributors

Black Deaf Culture Through the Lens of Black Deaf History

Overviews recent accomplishments and recognition of Black Deaf people From Benro Ogunyipe about educators, history