Clerc and Gallaudet Week: A Message from Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action

Public Release from Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action!  FOLDA!                       

Celebrate! Clerc and Gallaudet Week: December 3-10, 2022.  

Two visionary leaders in American Deaf Education and the birth of American Sign Language, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (hearing) and Laurent Clerc  (Deaf), co-founders of the first-kind American School for the Deaf, were born in the month of December, Gallaudet on Dec 10, 1787, Clerc on Dec 26, 1785. December 3 is also International Day of Persons with Disabilities (est.1992) and December 10 is Humans Rights Day (est. 1948).  Such International Days have been proclaimed annually by the General Assembly of the United Nations, joined by the White House and US President.

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) est. 1951
The WFD, located in Helsinki, Finland realizes the human rights of the Deaf with many cultures to quality education and knowledge of pioneers and deaf historical events that change the world. From Abbe Charles Michel de L’Épée of Paris (the 1760s) to the infamous Milan (Italy) Conference (1880) to the Dark age of Deaf Education globally ever since, and much more.

The Values of Deaf History                                                                                               The FOLDA mission is to promote full library access and quality deaf cultural resources for the Deaf Community, and all, nationally and globally. http://www.foldadeaf.net/

FOLDA believes that knowledge of the past is crucially important to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the future of all nations.  “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know,” is a famous quote by Harry S. Truman, 34th US President.

In this case, members of both the deaf communities and the library communities should not assume that the general public, especially most government agencies, know about the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into federal law on July 26, 1990.   And also, the Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL) was signed into state law on May 15, 2014, by Maryland Governor as well as the  Deaf History Month,  March 13 to April 15 signed into state law by Ohio Governor on December 6, 2017.

FOLDA encourages OSD (National Organizations that Serve the Deaf ) – their affiliates, chapters, and the related local communities of the nation to ask local public libraries about using their meeting room for presenting a deaf cultural program observing  Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 3-10, 2022.   If the date is too close, then plan for March 13 – April 15, 2023.

Members with an interest to create a program at a local public library should let their organizational president know. 

In this case, please email your program announcement before November 15, 2022, to FOLDA via ahagemeyer@gmail.com

The general purpose of such annual deaf events presented at the public library in local communities of the nation, the Deaf with many cultures would be able to work together to build an inclusive library community engagement in local communities of the nation, and globally.

 A Brief History

In November 1972, John A. Love, Governor of Colorado declared what we call today Deaf History Month.  It was then called “Deaf Awareness Week.”  The first movers and shakers of such a first-ever event were David Anthony and Jerome Moers of the Colorado Association of the Deaf.

Two years later in December 1974, then the  DC Executive Office (now of Mayor) declared what we call today Clerc-Gallaudet Week, December 3-10.  Originally called “Deaf Awareness Week” was launched by the District of Columbia Public Library, later followed by “Deaf Action Week” and “Deaf Heritage Week,” in partnership with the NAD and DC Deaf Community. The library staff who took sign class with two Deaf co-workers, Alice L. Hagemeyer and Ida Mapes, took the responsibility for the week’s agenda, and was a big success.

In  1989,  FOLDA suggested changing it to Clerc-Gallaudet Week and to add a new annual event, National Deaf History Month, from March 13 to April 15.  NAD board approved of it.

Later we made December 3 – December 10 the official week date.  December 3 and December 10 are the International Day of People with Disabilities and of Human Rights as proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992 and 1948 respectively.

The purpose of National Deaf History Month, March 13 -April 15 is to recognize three turning points in America’s history dating back to April 15, 1817 – The first public school for the Deaf opens in Hartford, CT; April 8, 1864 – Gallaudet University, the world’s first institution dedicated to advanced education for the Deaf and March 13, 1988 – The first Deaf president ever hired in Gallaudet’s 124 years history which led to the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into federal law two years later on July 26, 1990.

In 2005 and 2006, the NAD and the American Library Association (ALA) endorsed National Deaf History Month, March 13 – April 15, respectively.

In the Community: Online ASL Classes from the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn American Sign Language from a Deaf instructor in these online courses from the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

Autumn 2022 Course dates

October 3-December 5, 2022
Early bird rate until September 26, 2022

Courses

All 2-hour classes meet once a week. All times are EST.

Beginning Conversational ASL 1 

  • Mondays 10 AM  – 12 PM
  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 2 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 3

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM

Beginning Conversational ASL 4 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM

ASL Fingerspelling  

  • Saturdays from 9-10 AM.

For more information or to register, click here.


Program offerings featured in “In the Community” posts are not affiliated with Stories by Hand and are shared to spread the word about other ASL learning opportunities.

In the Community: Online ASL Classes for Children and Adults from the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn American Sign Language from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

ONLINE ASL CLASSES OFFERED WINTER 2022 

January 24-March 28, 2022
Early bird rate until January 17, 2022

Beginning Conversational ASL 1 

  • Mondays 10 AM  – 12 PM EST; or
  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 2 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 3

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Beginning Conversational ASL 4 

  • Tuesdays 6 PM – 8 PM EST

Family Signs 

  • Saturdays 10 AM – 12 PM EST

For more information or to register, click here.


Program offerings featured in “In the Community” posts are not affiliated with Stories by Hand and are shared to spread the word about other ASL learning opportunities.

Book a Virtual Visit with Signing Santa!

flyer for Signing Santa on Zoom

Click on the image for a PDF flyer.


COMING LIVE STRAIGHT FROM THE NORTH POLE . . .

SIGNING SANTA!

Zoom with Santa Claus himself in American Sign Language. Get your lists ready for the big day!

DECEMBER 12TH : 1 PM – 5 PM Eastern time
DECEMBER 1 3TH : 1 PM – 5 PM Eastern time

$25 FOR EACH 10 MINUTE SLOT CHOSEN.
* ALL PROCEEDS SUPPORT DEAF CAMPS, INC’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

Your family can sign up for a 10 minute time slot on either day. Pick the
time that works for you! Virtual visits will be held via Zoom. You will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and a high-speed data connection. A Zoom account is not required. DCI will email the Zoom link to you on your chosen day!

REGISTER NOW!

 

Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

Click, bid, and support Deaf Camps, Inc.!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2020 Online Auction is open for bids through April 15! Lots of cool stuff for writers – including signed copies of my books, SHE SPOKE and NITA’S FIRST SIGNS (along with an adorable handmade Nita doll pictured below)! You can also find many handmade items,  gift certificates, event tickets, and more! All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2020 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been volunteering with this nonprofit since 2001. It is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to create fun, safe, communication-rich camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Please check it out, bid, and share widely!

 

 

Bid now at https://tinyurl.com/DCIauction2020!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

 

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

 

In the Community: Meet Signing Santa at the DCI Christmas Party!

Deaf Camps, Inc Annual Christmas Party

Saturday, Dec 14 from 2-4pm

Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf
1040 S Beechfield Ave
Baltimore, MD 21229

Admission includes:

  • Signing Santa
  • Snacks
  • Crafts
  • One free picture with Santa per child.  (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)
  • ASL Storytelling

All ages and signing levels welcome!
Admission: $5
Caregivers free with child’s admission

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s scholarship fund.

Click here for more information.

In the Community: Upcoming Programs at MD Libraries

Sunshine 2.0: LIFE ON EARTH

Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM at Edgewater Community Library, 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, Maryland 21037

Sunshine 2.0, a theatre touring company from the Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf (RIT/NTID), will present Life on Earth which is an interactive sign language and spoken English play about a team of scientists who must save the Earth from an evil blob. Enjoy sign-mime, dance, ASL poetry, songs, and storytelling. Co-sponsored by Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library and the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL). More information here. 


MEET THE AUTHOR: SOFIA SEITCHIK

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Germantown Library, 19840 Century Boulevard, Germantown, Maryland 20874

In commemoration of International Week of the Deaf, join us as we meet
author Sofia Seitchik who will share her experiences writing and publishing
her book “The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries,
Artists, Founders and Entrepreneurs.” In addition, meet Deaf Marylanders
featured in the book who will also share their stories. “The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries, Artists, Founders, and Entrepreneurs” is a book aimed to motivate all kinds of people to go after their dreams, channel their inner artist, take that leap to found an organization, or even to start their own business. The book has over 80 stories of Deaf women with diverse identities, backgrounds, and journeys.

Following the program, the author will sell and sign her books. Light refreshments will be available.This program is co-sponsored by the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library. More information


“In the Community” posts feature events not affiliated with or sponsored by Stories By Hand, and are shared as a public service.

It’s not too late to register for ASL Camp and Deaf Camp!

Deaf Camp and American Sign Language Camp at Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD. Residential camp for ages 7-18; July 28-August 2, 2019    $485

Transparent Logo jpegReady, set, sign! Campers will participate in swimming, hiking, religious education, and chapel, as well as learning the basics of American Sign Language through informal daily lessons, and then using what they learn through shared activities with Deaf campers! Campers will be grouped by age based on enrollment. Older ASL campers will share lodging and all daily activities with Deaf campers.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Click, bid, and support Deaf Camps, Inc.!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2019 Online Auction is open for bids through May 15! Lots of cool stuff – including handmade items, gift certificates, event tickets, autographed books, manuscript and query critiques from agents Steven Malk, Hannah Mann, and Andrea Morrison of Writers House, and a 30-minute call with internationally bestselling author Bruce Coville!  All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2019 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been on the board for almost 20 years. It is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to create fun, safe, communication-rich camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Please check it out, bid, and share widely!

Here are just a few of the items up for bid:

 

Bid now!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.