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The Bart and Amy Show: Good Morning Muffin Mouse
Summary: 

The Comprehensive Educational Resource Center at the Tennessee School for the Deaf produced this series of programs. Bart and Amy are signing bears made by Quiet Bears in Ventura, California. They read aloud and sign books. The purpose of the program is to provide a high interest method of introducing books to pre-school and elementary level children. The program is designed to be a catalyst for reading and conversation between parent and child and for classroom discussion. *Books are available to accompany each DVD.

Author: 
Tennessee School for the Deaf
Imprint: 
Knoxville, TN: Tennessee School for the Deaf, 2013, 1988
Four For You: Volume 5
Summary: 

Aesop’s fables and timeless fairy tales are told in ASL and performed by Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill. Each fable is presented twice: first in a storytelling format and secondly in a dramatized version using minimal sets and props. The fairy tales are told by one of the talented members of the troupe. The stories told include:

Fables: The Wolf and the Shepherd Boy
The Fox and the Stork
The Old Lion and the Fox
The Milkmaid and Her Pail
Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin
Little Red Riding Hood

Author: 
Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, Inc., 1988, 2012
Four For You: Volume 4
Summary: 

Aesop’s fables and timeless fairy tales are told in ASL and performed by Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill. Each fable is presented twice: first in a storytelling format and secondly in a dramatized version using minimal sets and props. The fairy tales are told by one of the talented members of the troupe. The stories told include:

Fables: The Lion and the Mouse
The Wolf and the Jackass
Three Bullocks and the Lion
The Dog and His Reflection
Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel
The Frog Prince
Bonus Story: The Farmer and His Three Sons

Author: 
Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, Inc., 1988, 2012
Four For You: Volume 3
Summary: 

Aesop’s fables and timeless fairy tales are told in ASL and performed by Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill. Each fable is presented twice: first in a storytelling format and secondly in a dramatized version using minimal sets and props. The fairy tales are told by one of the talented members of the troupe. The stories told include:

Fables: The Fox and the Grapes
The Birds, the Beasts and the Bats
The Cock and the Fox
The Fox Without a Tail
Fairy Tales: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Rapunzel
Bonus Story: The Twelve Princesses

Author: 
Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, Inc., 1988, 2012
Four For You: Volume 2
Summary: 

Aesop’s fables and timeless fairy tales are told in ASL and performed by Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill. Each fable is presented twice: first in a storytelling format and secondly in a dramatized version using minimal sets and props. The fairy tales are told by one of the talented members of the troupe. The five volumes in the set include:
Fables: The Friends and the Wallet
A Raven and a Swan
The Goose and the Golden Egg
Doctor Toad
Fairy Tales: Jack and the Beanstalk
The Three Bears
Bonus Story: The Farmer and His Three Sons

Author: 
Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, Inc., 1988, 2012
Four for You Volume 1
Summary: 

Aesop’s fables and timeless fairy tales are told in ASL and performed by Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill. Each fable is presented twice: first in a storytelling format and secondly in a dramatized version using minimal sets and props. The fairy tales are told by one of the talented members of the troupe. The five volumes in the set include:
Volume 1:
Fables: The Sun and the Wind
The Mice and the Weasels
The Bear and the Bees
The Fox and the Crow
Fairy Tales: The Tortoise and the Hare
The Three Little Pigs
Bonus Story: The Twelve Princesses

Author: 
Freda Norman, Mary Beth Miller, Lou Fant and Patrick Graybill
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, Inc., 1988, 2012
American Freedom Speeches
Summary: 

Includes excerpts from ten historic freedom speeches given by famous Americans are presented in ASL:
- Preamble to the Constitution
- Bill of Rights

- Patrick Henry ("...give me liberty, or give me death!")
- Abraham Lincoln ("Four score and seven years ago...")
- Susan B. Anthony ("It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens...")
- Franklin D. Roosevelt ("...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself...")
- John F. Kennedy ("Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country")
- Martin Luther King ("I have a dream...")
- Cesar Chavez ("We are men locked in a death struggle against man's inhumanity to man...")
- Jimmy Carter ("...human rights is the soul of our sense of nationhood.")
- Geraldine Ferraro ("...I proudly accept your nomination for Vice President of the United States.")

- Pledge of Allegiance

An accompanying instructor's notebook contains a biography of the individual (at two reading levels-upper elementary and secondary), a brief background of the speech that provides an overview of the historical period during which the speech was delivered, a copy of the full speech highlighting the video translation, discussion question and further resources also available.

Author: 
Sign Media, Inc.
Imprint: 
Burtonsville, MD: Sign Media, 1994
Educational Interpreting Practice, Secondary Level- ASL, DVD 10
Summary: 

Produced by Boys Town National Research Hospital, these Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) DVDs will assist interpreters who are seeking to interpret effectively in educational settings. The format is presented so that interpreters can practice interpretation skills from “spoken English (teacher discourse) to sign language (for students)” and from “sign language (student discourse) to spoken English.” Secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing relating stories about their lives in sign language with or w/o interpretation

Author: 
Boys Town Press
Imprint: 
Boys Town, NE: Boys Town Press, 2012
Educational Interpreting Practice Elementary Level: MCE, DVD 11
Summary: 

Produced by Boys Town National Research Hospital, these Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) DVDs will assist interpreters who are seeking to interpret effectively in educational settings. The format is presented so that interpreters can practice interpretation skills from “spoken English (teacher discourse) to sign language (for students)” and from “sign language (student discourse) to spoken English.” Elementary students who are deaf or hard of hearing relating stories about their lives in sign language with or w/o interpretation

Author: 
Boys Town Press
Imprint: 
Boys Town, Neb.: Boys Town Press, 2007
Building ASL Interpreting and Translation Skills : Narratives for Practice
Summary: 

DVD and Book set. Demonstrates selected scenarios from each part of the text. Parts I and II emphasize receptive skill building while Parts III and IV model expressive skills. Designed for students taking courses in American Sign Language (ASL) as well as students and practictioners engaged in the field of interpreting who want to develop or enhance their skill.

Author: 
Nanci A. Scheetz
Imprint: 
Boston, MA: Pearson, Allyn and Bacon, 2009
Happy Signs Night
Summary: 

Happy Signs Night eases the transition from day to night by improving communication by teaching young children how to express their needs through Sign Language. This DVD features 3-D animation together with children who are learning to sign. The accompanying quick reference guide goes along with the signs introduced in the DVD: play, cat, bath, comb, song, book, love and sleep.

Author: 
Language Tree
Imprint: 
Orange County, CA: Language Tree, LLC, 2006-2008
Happy Signs Day
Summary: 

Happy Signs Day teaches useful signs that are used throughout the day to allow young children to express their needs. This DVD features 3-D animation together with children who are learning to sign. The accompanying quick reference guide goes along with the signs introduced in the DVD: bib, eat, more, drink, all done, toothbrush, coat, hat and dog.

Author: 
Language Tree
Imprint: 
Orange County, CA: Language Tree, LLC, 2006
Bible Fun with American Sign Language.  Friends and Play: Teacher's Guide
Summary: 

Do you teach Sunday School or Bible lessons? Want to incorporate fun lessons about God and Jesus at home or on the go? This great little book has lessons, activities, and ideas for using everyday signs to share and learn the Word. When using American Sign Language, Bible stories come to life and lessons are hidden away in the heart, ready for understanding and easy recollection later.

Commonly used, everyday signs are incorporated in five different lessons about friendship, manners, obedience, cleanliness, and learning God’s Word.

The Friends and Play manual was written from a non-denominational, evangelical perspective. The Bible versions referenced were taken from the New International Version and King James Version; however, no direct quotes were used, but summarized with reference to the passage. This was done so any Bible version that the reader uses will be applicable.

Each lesson includes songs, videos, poems, books, discussion topics, activities, and crafts so you can provide a complete multisensory learning experience.

Actual Christian signs are not taught in the Guide or on the DVD, however, there are references to online websites that help visually learn Christian signs.

Author: 
Two Little Hands
Imprint: 
Salt Lake City, UT: Two Little Hands Productions, 2011
Outcasts and Angels : The New Anthology of Deaf Characters in Literature
Summary: 

In 1976, Trent Batson and Eugene Bergman released their classic "Angels and Outcasts: An Anthology of Deaf Characters in Literature." In it, they featured works from the 19th and 20th centuries by well-known authors such as Charles Dickens and Eudora Welty. They also presented less-well-known deaf authors, and they prefaced each excerpt with remarks on context, societal perceptions, and the dignity due to deaf people. Since then, much has transpired, turning around the literary criticism regarding portrayals of deaf people in print. Edna Edith Sayers reflects these changes in her new collection "Outcasts and Angels: The New Anthology of Deaf Characters in Literature." Sayers mines the same literary vein as the earlier volume with rich new results. Her anthology also introduces rare works by early masters such as Daniel Defoe. She includes three new deaf authors, Charlotte Elizabeth, Howard T. Hofsteater, and Douglas Bullard, who offer compelling evidence of the attitudes toward deaf people current in their eras. In search of commonalities and comparisons, Sayers reveals that the defining elements of deaf literary characters are fluid and subtly different beyond the predominant dueling stereotypes of preternaturally spiritual beings and thuggish troglodytes

Author: 
Edited by: Edna Edith Sayers
Imprint: 
Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2012
Let's hear it for Almigal / by Wendy Kupfer ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon
Summary: 

Meet Almigal, a spunky little girl with a BIG personality who's determined to hear "every single sound in the whole entire universe!" That includes ... her friend Isabella's baby brother's funny giggle, the robins singing outside her bedroom window, the soft Swan Song Madam plays during ballet class, and especially her friend Chloe's teeny-tiny voice. But most of all, Almigal wants to hear her Mommy and Daddy whisper, "We love you, Almigal!" when they tuck her into bed at night. Almigal's spirit and her cotton-candy pink cochlear implants will have everyone shouting, "Let's hear it for Almigal!"

Author: 
Wendy Kupfer
Imprint: 
Delray Beach, FL :Handfinger Press, 2012
Summary: 

This DVD presents fire safety solutions for people with disabilities.  Smoke alarms built especially for deaf and Hard of Hearing people are explained component by component.  The importance of fire safety plans is discussed along with instructions for how to develop one for your own home. Presented in American Sign Language.

Author: 
Nancy Trench and Craig Woods
Imprint: 
Stillwater, Oklahoma: Oklahoma State University Fire Protection Publications, 2005
Say It By Signing
Summary: 

Welcome to the fourth most commonly used language in the United States - sign language. English subtitles appear as an aid. Learn at your own pace by replaying the lessons until you feel comfortable moving on to the next lesson. Repetition is the key to learning any foreign language.

Author: 
Elaine Costello
Imprint: 
Seattle, WA: Multimedia 2000, c2003
Journey to Mastery: Individualized Interpreting Skills Development Plan
Summary: 

Journey to Mastery is a new, convenient, and cost-effective way for you to enhance your skills while maintaining your hard-earned certification! Great for mentoring, study groups and as a foundational plan of work for classes!

Here’s your personalized interpreter training plan! Simply select the pre-written goals, objectives and instructional activities that are right for you. Combine with your favorite Sign Enhancers’ DVDs for a tailor-made skills program!

When combined with Sign Enhancers' DVDs, a total of 8 CEUs can be earned.  

Author: 
Jenna Cassell
Imprint: 
Eden Prairie, Minn.: Sign Enhancers, c2007
Tell Me How It Reads: Tutoring Deaf and Hearing Students in the Writing Center
Summary: 

Babcock’s book is based on the resulting study of tutoring writing in the college context with both deaf and hearing students and their tutors. She describes sessions in detail between deaf students, hearing tutors, and the interpreters that help them communicate, using a variety of English or contact signing rather than ASL in the tutorials. These experiences illustrate the key differences between deaf-hearing and hearing-hearing tutorials and suggest ways to modify tutoring and tutor-training practices accordingly. Although this study describes methods for tutoring deaf students, its focus on students who learn differently can apply to teaching writing to learning disabled students, ESL students, and other students with different learning styles. Ultimately, the grounded theory analysis within Tell Me How It Reads provides a complete paradigm for tutoring in all writing centers.

Author: 
Rebecca Day Babcock
Imprint: 
Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2012
The Agony of Meniere's Disease: Please! Make My World Stop Spinning
Summary: 

Meniere’s disease is one of the more incapacitating things you can experience. If you suffer from your world spinning and have a fluctuating hearing loss together with noises in your ears, this book is for you. It explains what is known about Meniere’s, its causes and the best treatments available today. There are lots of hints that you can try out for yourself to reduce or eliminate the effects of Meniere’s disease. Since everyone is different, see what works for you.

Author: 
Neil G. Bauman
Imprint: 
Stewartstown, PA : Integrity First Publications, c2011
Parable Theater: Jeff 'n' Toby
Summary: 

Jeff Jackson and Toby Welch present eight modern-day parables that are based on the book of James.  The skits are designed to help start discussions relevant to the theme of each passage of scripture.  There is an accompanying printed booklet with scripture references and several discussion questions for each skit.  This DVD also includes the book of James from The Bible: ASL Translation.  The skit titles and accompanying scripture they represent are:

  •    Workout     James 1:1-4
  •    The Swimming Lesson    James 1:5-8
  •    Two Voices     James 1:12-18
  •    Strangers and Friends    James 2:1-9
  •    The Right Place?    James 2:14-17
  •    Dangerous Hands    James 3:1-12
  •    Chip Dips     James 4:1-10
  •    Growing Patience   James 5:7-8

Note: In the skit, ‘Two Voices,’ the subject of pornography is dealt with.

Author: 
Jeff Jackson; Toby Welch
Imprint: 
Council Bluffs, IA: Deaf Missions, 2008
Tags: 
Shut Up and Sign Series
Summary: 

Bob Hiltermann, a deaf actor and comedian, teaches American Sign Language in a way meant to educate and entertain.  Bob uses Sim-Com. Outtakes are included at the end of each video.

Episode #1:        Don’t Worry, Be Happy                
This episode teaches introductions, emotions & states of being, verbs & nouns, and the first letters of the alphabet. The special features include a signed music video for “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. 

Episode #2:        We Are Family                 
This episode teaches family, inside the house, colors, pronouns, and more letters of the alphabet.  The special features include a signed music video for “We Are Family”.

Episode #3:        Cloud Lucky Seven
This episode teaches numbers, time concepts, and final letters of the alphabet.  The special features include a signed music video for “Cloud Lucky Seven.”

Author: 
Bob Hiltermann
Imprint: 
Van Nuys, Calif.: Shut up and Sign, 2012
Introduction to American Deaf Culture
Summary: 

Introduction to American Deaf Culture is the only comprehensive textbook that provides a broad, yet in-depth, exploration of how Deaf people are best understood from a cultural perspective, with coverage of topics such as how culture is defined, how the concept of culture can be applied to the Deaf experience, and how Deaf culture has evolved over the years. Among the issues included are an analysis of various segments of the Deaf community, Deaf cultural norms, the tension between the Deaf and disabled communities, Deaf art and literature (both written English and ASL forms), the solutions being offered by the Deaf community for effective living as Deaf individuals, and an analysis of the universality of the Deaf experience, including the enculturation process that many Deaf people undergo as they develop healthy identities.

Author: 
Thomas K. Holcomb
Imprint: 
New York: Oxford University Press, c2013
Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families: Narrative Interviews
Summary: 

This study emphasizes the importance of family support for deaf members, particularly through the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken and/or written English. Research has shown how these factors influence such areas as a child’s development, performance in school, and relationships with brothers and sisters. In this volume, authors Barbara Bodner-Johnson and Beth S. Benedict concentrate on the vital, positive effects of bilingualism and how families that share their experiences with other families can enhance all of their children’s achievement and enrichment.

Author: 
Barbara Bodner-Johnson, Beth Sonnenstrahl Benedict
Imprint: 
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, c2012

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