In the Community: Holiday and Crafty Fun with Deaf Camps, Inc.

Saturday, December 8th from 2pm-5pm
Christ Deaf Church
1040 South Beechfield Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Join Deaf Camps, Inc. to get into the holiday spirit! All signing levels are welcome to the fun! Admission is $5.00 and caregivers are free with their child’s admission fee!

Our Christmas Party includes:
-a visit with Signing Santa
-ASL Storytelling
-Snacks
-Crafts
-One free picture with Santa per child. (Additional pictures available for a small fee.)

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 scholarship fund.


Sip, Craft, and Sign with DCI!

 

Thursday, December 13, 6:30pm at Made Me Mine, 3101 Emmorton Rd #A6, Abingdon, MD 21009

Join us for a night of crafting that holds endless possibilities, to support Deaf Camps, Inc.! At this workshop, we will be creating a one-of-a-kind custom sign out of pallet planks designed by YOU! Customize your stencil at checkout with your quote, and whatever cheery holiday image you’d like. We will prepare a personalized stencil just for you to ensure that your project turns out perfectly. Bring a bottle of wine or something to turn our complimentary hot cocoa bar from nice to naughty!

DCI will provide American Sign Language interpretation for this event.

$45 per person. You MUST reserve tickets ahead of time for this event. Buy tickets HERE.

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. Learn more about the organization at DeafCampsInc.org.

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

Sundays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library

19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874

Register online on the library website on or after September 20.

Five sessions (FREE) for individuals who wish to learn basic American Sign Language. For ages 14 and over.

The emphasis of this class will be on vocabulary development, conversation and practice. These sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

To request deaf/hard of hearing services for library-sponsored programs, email MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov, preferably with three business days’ notice. To request other accommodations, contact the Germantown Library.

Sponsored by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC), Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

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 & Children 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 2018

SEPTEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 13

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | Children’s ASL

DAYTIME CLASSES
ASL 1 | TUESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon

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.

In the Community: NAOBI-DC BBQ

The National Alliance of Black Interpreters – DC (NAOBI-DC) will be hosting a family-friendly cookout on July 7th, from 1-5pm in Takoma Piney Branch Park (2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20910). The charge for attendance is either one side dish, or $10 per family. Contact NAOBIDCBBQ@gmail.com with questions.

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: ASL Classes at the Hearing and Speech Agency

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

CLASSES OFFERED SUMMER 2018

JULY 17 – AUGUST 21

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
SUMMER FUN SIGNS | FINGERSPELLING

MORNING  CLASSES
(Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
BABY & TODDLER SIGN

For pricing and registration information, 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: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners

FIVE FREE SESSIONS

Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 2018
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, Germantown Library (Lower Level)
19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874

Co-sponsored by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC), Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

In commemoration of Deaf History Month (March 13-April 15), join us.

The emphasis of this class 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. Beginning 3/19, register online at the library website or call us.

Register online at the library website or call the Germantown Library at  240-777-0110.

Note: These classes are not affiliated by Stories By Hand.  This information is provided as a resource to those seeking ASL instruction in the community.

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 SPRING 2018

APRIL 12 – JUNE 10

EVENING CLASSES (Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | CHILDREN’S ASL

DAYTIME CLASSES
ASL 1 | TUESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
ASL 2 | WEDNESDAYS | 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Adult ASL classes (10 weeks) are $150. Course materials (book with DVD) are required for ASL 1, ASL 2, and ASL 3 and cost $85. Once purchased, course materials are good for levels 1, 2, and 3, so they only need to be purchased once. Course materials required for ASL 4 and  ASL 5 need only be purchased once. Children’s ASL classes are $100, no materials required. Parents may accompany a registered child during class for an additional $50.

For more information and to register, click here.

New Developments for Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library

Things are moving ahead for Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library, the first of its kind in the country!  Congratulations to Montgomery County Public Library for being selected to host this amazing resource.

Here’s the latest press release:

For Immediate Release: 6/22/2015

Montgomery County Public Libraries Selected to Manage Maryland’s Deaf Culture Digital Library

County Executive Ike Leggett has announced that Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL)has been selected by the Maryland State Division of Library Development and Services (MS-DLDS) as the site of the State’s Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL).“This is a true honor for Montgomery County Public Libraries,” Leggett said. “It is a well-deserved recognition of our library system’s long tradition of helping to identify and address the needs of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community for resources, collections, programs and technologies.”

Irene Padilla, assistant state superintendent of Libraries (Division of Library Development and Services) said, “Montgomery County Public Libraries’ services are renowned throughout the state of Maryland and across the nation. We are excited that MCPL has agreed to work with the MS-DLDS to ensure that the Deaf Culture Digital Library is the ‘first stop’ information center that will furnish statewide access to deaf resources. DCDL will provide highly competent assistance to Maryland residents and library staff in local public library systems, academic librarians in colleges and universities, and other libraries in the State of Maryland.”

“It’s a privilege and honor to be selected as a site for the DCDL,” said MCPL Director Parker Hamilton. “The Deaf Culture Digital Library is important to MCPL and the community, because it will improve availability and access to a comprehensive collection on deaf culture and programs that will help lead to better appreciation and awareness of deaf culture and the deaf community. We look forward to making resources more readily available to customers in the State of Maryland.”

The groundwork to formalize the foundation of the Deaf Culture Digital Library will take place in 2016, beginning with formation of the DCDL Advisory Board. The Division of Library Development and Services will begin taking applications for membership on the Board in the fall. The Deaf Culture Digital Library will be staffed with a full-time coordinator and an assistant. Additional details will be announced as they become available during the months ahead.

The final report to the Governor on the Deaf Culture Digital Library may be seen at:
http://tinyurl.com/o3dcb7o.

For more information about the Deaf Culture Digital Library, contact Susan Cohen at 301-637-2964 or Irene Padilla, 410-767-0444.

Release ID: 15-250
Media Contact: Bonnie Ayers 240-777-6507

Do you know about Project ENABLE?

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Project ENABLE is the result of an extraordinary partnership between the Center for Digital Literacy, the School of Information Studies (iSchool@Syracuse) and the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. This project provides free online training modules designed for public, academic and school librarians to help them make their libraries truly inclusive for all users. Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, anyone interested in creating accessibility in libraries can access these trainings, and modules can also be customized for individual or group use.

Once you sign up for a free account, you’ll take an initial assessment and then have access to five self-paced training modules, focusing on disability awareness, disability law and policy, creating an accessible library, planning inclusive programs and instruction, and assistive technology in libraries. Each module features interactive learning activities and a brief self-assessment, for a total of ten hours of instruction. Additional resources on the site include a template and checklists for a library accessibility action plan, universal design, Americans with Disability Act compliance, and sample lesson plans for school librarians. A certificate of completion is available for those who complete the training.

With training and resources of this caliber available for free, no librarian has any excuse to plead ignorance about how to provide accessibility. Sign up for a free training account today at http://projectenable.syr.edu/

In the Community: Upcoming Kids’ Events and ASL Classes

Here’s a roundup of some upcoming events and classes out in the area.  These are not Stories By Hands events, but we recommend them for anyone who wants more signing in their lives!

 

Deaf Camps, Inc. Easter Party

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 5:00-7:30 PM

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

All ages and all signing levels welcome!

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

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 2015 scholarship fund.

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American Sign Language Classes at the Hearing and Speech Agency

April 14 – June 16; Tuesday Evenings 6pm – 8pm

Location: 5900 Metro Drive,  Baltimore, MD 21215

ASL 1, 2, 3 and 4: $145 per student | Textbook $75

CHILDREN’S ASL: Child only $95 | Parent & Child $150

Registration deadline is April 10, 2015

For more information, click here.

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FREE Sign Language for Beginners Class at the Germantown Library

Sundays, April 19, 26, May 3, May 10, 17, 2015 from 2:00—4:00 p.m.
Location: Germantown Library (lower level), 19840 Century Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874   240-777-0110

FIVE SESSIONS (FREE) for individuals who wish to learn basic Sign Language. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, conversation and practice Appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.  Click here to register online.

Funded by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC). Sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries