In the Community: DCI Silent Weekend March 20-22

Looking for an intensive way to improve your signing skills?  Then Deaf Camps, Inc.’sPicture 049 Silent Weekend is for you!  Taking place Friday, March 20 through Sunday, March 22, this completely voices-off weekend will allow you to practice your ASL in a fun, supportive environment.  The Silent Weekend will take place at the beautiful Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD, and proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program.  Participants will enjoy hiking, workshops, s’mores around the campfire and more!  This event is for adult ASL learners; high school students may attend with a parent or guardian.  Full weekend and Saturday only registration available; register by February 20 to receive an early bird discount.  For complete fees and registration information, see https://deafcampsinc.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/spring-2015-silent-weekend/

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand event.  Kathy MacMillan will be one of the facilitators in her role as a Deaf Camps, Inc. board member.  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.

In the Community: ASL Story Times at DC Public Libraries

In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (January 11 – 18, 2015)

A drawing of Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. signing DREAM.American Sign Language Story Time

with Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen performing stories in ASL about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Primarily for 3-5 year olds but all ages welcome.   ASL/voice interpreter will be present.

Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:30-1:00 PM: Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW  (202) 727-1488   tenleylibrary@dc.gov

Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 10:30-11:00 AM: West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Avenue, NW   (202) 724-8707     westendlibrary@dc.gov

Friday, January 16, 2015, 11:00-11:30 AM: MLK, Jr. Memorial Library, Children’s Room, Room 200, 901 G Street, NW   (202) 727-0321    mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 11:00-11:30 AM: Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place, SW   (202) 724-4752  southwestlibrary@dc.gov

Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:30-11:00 AM: Northeast Library, 330 – 7th Street, NE    (202) 698-0058    northeastlibrary@dc.gov
For more information, contact:

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program.  “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.

In the Community: ASL Classes for Adults at 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.

CLASSES OFFERED WINTER 2014

JANUARY 6 – MARCH 10

Registration deadline January 1.

ASL 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tuesday Evenings | 6pm – 8pm
Class $145 per student
Textbook $75

For more information, click here.

Note: This is not a Stories By Hand program. “In the Community” items are shared on this site in the interest of getting the word out about great ASL programs in the area.

Deaf Maryland Culture

Reposted with permission from FOLDA [Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action] E-NEWS October 23, 2014

Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML) and Maryland Library Trustees (MLT) will have its annual meeting on Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:30 am – 2:45 pm at the Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free library in Hagerstown, MD.

FOLDA, MD deaf community and libraries are grateful to Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML) for its successful 2014 legislative session. It includes the requiring of the Division of Library Development Services (DLDS) of the MD State Dept of Education (MSDE) to establish a Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL). Maryland’s Governor signed it into the law on May 15, 2014.

We also applaud the MD legislation for authorizing MSDE to include operating funds for the Maryland Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) in its budget and for LBPH to receive a specified amount of funding each year.

LBPH of MD, founded in 1968, has one sub-regional library, called the Disability Resource Center (DRC), formerly the Special Needs Library (SNL) opened January 6, 1986 in Montgomery County. In November 2006, SNL merged with the new Rockville Library and became the DRC.

Under the direction of the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (NLS) and the DLDS, LBPH and DRC provide library services to all eligible blind and physically handicapped citizens, including deaf blind citizens and deaf citizens with disabilities and who are not able to use regular books, audio tapes and the related at the public library.

Please make sure that DEAF BLIND CULTURE and also other Deaf Cultures in MD are aware of LBPH services in MD.

Maryland Trivia for Fun and Facts

Mary Titcomb, Librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown, MD, first introduced the bookmobile or mobile library in the United States, in Maryland in 1905.

Thirty-fifty years ago on December 6, 1977, the late Mervin D. Garretson made the first presentation about George W. Veditz at the Gaithersburg Public Library in MD. A copy of his presentation, The Veditz Genius, may be available from your local library. It has five illustrations of Veditz by the famed artist Ruth Peterson.

Alice L. Hagemeyer, President , Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action FOLDA E-Editor.

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

SIGN LANGUAGE FOR BEGINNERS

Five sessions (FREE)

Sunday, September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26

Germantown Library (lower level meeting room)
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874

The emphasis will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice. These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

Register now at: http://tinyurl.com/neomrry

FUNDED by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC)

In the Community: DCI Silent Weekend

Looking for an intensive way to improve your signing skills?  Then Deaf Camps, Inc.’sPicture 049 Silent Weekend is for you!  Taking place Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28, this completely voices-off weekend will allow you to practice your ASL in a fun, supportive environment.  The Silent Weekend will take place at the beautiful Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center in Knoxville, MD, and proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship program.  Participants will enjoy hiking, workshops, s’mores around the campfire and more!  This event is for adult ASL learners; high school students may attend with a parent or guardian.  Full weekend and Saturday only registration available; register by September 5 to receive an early bird discount.  For complete fees and registration information, see http://deafcampsinc.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/fall-2014-silent-weekend/

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.

 

In the Community: ASL Classes for Children and Adults at 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.

CLASSES OFFERED FALL 2014

SEPTEMBER 9 – NOVEMBER 11

Registration deadline September 5.

ASL 1, 2, 3 & 4
Tuesday Evenings | 6pm – 8pm
Class $145
Textbook $75

CHILDREN’S ASL
Tuesday Evenings |  6pm – 8pm
Child Only $95
Parent & Child $150

For more information, click here.

In the Community: ASL Classes for All Ages at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Looking to learn some American Sign Language this summer, or practice what you already know?  Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED SUMMER 2014
JULY 15 – AUGUST 19

Summer Fun Signs (Teens/Adults): Tuesday Evenings 6pm – 8-pm | $90 per student
Children’s ASL (Ages 5-12): Tuesday Evenings 6pm – 8pm | $90 per child | $140 for parent & child
Baby & Toddler Sign (Ages 2-4): Tuesday Afternoons  2pm – 4pm | $90 for parent & child

For more information, click here.

Celebrate Spring with Miss Kathy This Weekend!

Marylanders north and south, we’ve got you covered this Saturday!

Saturday, April 12 at 10 AM:

Join Miss Kathy at the La Plata Branch of the Charles County Public Library for “Signs of Spring”.  This lively program for all ages will explore springtime with American Sign Language , from April showers to May flowers and everything in between! We’ll share stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

Saturday, April 12 from 5:00-7:30 PM:

Join us at the Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party!  All ages and all signing levels welcome!

Admission includes:
* Pancake supper
* Signing Easter Bunny
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 5:45pm
* Crafts

Also for sale:
* Deep discounts on limited Thirty One items.
Sugar Prints ceramic hand & foot impressions.

Admission: $6 per person
Children under 12 will receive a FREE picture with the Easter Bunny. Additional pictures $3 each.  All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2014 scholarship fund.

Location: Christ Church of the Deaf, 1040 S. Beechfield Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

For more information, see www.deafcampsinc.org.