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Advanced American Sign Language
Summary: 

Intended for people with a previous knowledge of ASL to take their knowledge of ASL to the next level with this series of advanced American Sign Language training programs.  This series utilizes the skills and techniques of performers and teachers with extensive experience in the deaf community and deaf education.  Each individual program presents a lecture, signed by Angela Stratiy, that focuses on a significant facet of ASL.  The lecture is then followed by several stories signed in ASL by deaf signers chosen to represent a variety of signing styles and regional signs within the deaf community. 


KEY ELEMENTS 1   (75 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: identifying a narrator and characters of a story using body and gaze shift; determining the difference between nouns, verbs, and adjectives using ASL classifiers; and the use of space in ASL to establish a location for a particular referent’s discourse.  


KEY ELEMENTS 2   (98 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: the use of focal expressions to express affect in ASL; the transition markers required to guide the flow of discourse in ASL; the importance of a signer’s entire signing space to identify grammatical structure; and the identification of the topic(s) of discourse. 


KEY ELEMENTS 3    (71 min)
Key elements of ASL included in this program are: identifying the subject and object of a sentence and the inclusion of spatial referencing; clarifying the context of a discourse using fingerspelling; and the elements to consider when signing numbers in American Sign Language.

Author: 
Angela Stratiy; Donna Korpinisky
Imprint: 
San Francisco, CA: Exploration Production Inc., 2004
Beyond Strategies: Book Sharing the Deaf Way
Summary: 

This DVD focuses on topics such as scaffolding the development of ASL, emergent literacy, and cognition during book sharing, linking ASL and English during book sharing, and translating text into a register more developmentally appropriate and understandable for preschool deaf children.  

DVD features:

  • Explanations of the culturally based literacy practices Deaf teachers use to share books
  • Program is presented in ASL with options for adding a spoken English voiceover and English subtitles
  • Video clips show examples from four classroom-based book sharing sessions
  • Teachers share insights and discuss each video clip
  • Guided practice items and additional resources
Author: 
Lynne Erting
Imprint: 
Washington, D.C.: Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, 2006
Dr. Wonder's Workshop: Season One
Summary: 

Dr. Wonder’s Workshop is a children’s television series performed entirely in American Sign Language by an all Deaf cast of actors and storytellers.  Join inventor Dr. Wonder and his group of creative friends as they work together, laugh together, and learn important life lessons.  There are thirteen episodes of the show, complete with Bible stories, object lessons, and original songs performed in sign language by the AMESLAN Kids.

Author: 
Silent Blessings, Deaf Video Communications and Deaf Missions
Imprint: 
Indianapolis, Ind.: Deaf Missions, p2007
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
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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
Health Investigations with Dr. Know: Hearing
Summary: 

With all the noise around us, is our hearing really in danger? Dr. Know enlists an audiologist to test sound levels around the home and at a heavy metal concert. You'll want to hear his findings.

Dr. Know is real-life physician Paul Trotman. Join him as he debunks, deflates, and demystifies many of the myths we've been told about staying healthy. Topics range from the puzzling and exciting to the titillating and scary, but they're always interesting and filled with facts that will make you say, "I didn't know that."

Author: 
Discovery School
Imprint: 
Silver Spring, MD: Distributed by Discovery Education, c2007
Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Topics and Trends
Summary: 

Specifically developed as a current and comprehensive look at the rapidly evolving field of deaf education, this first edition text covers a wide array of critical topics regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing education including cognition, social development, personal development, myths and misconceptions, postsecondary opportunities and employment, cochlear implants, and personnel training. Supplemented with a variety of illustrations, charts, and tables, Deaf Education in the 21st Century has been carefully written and organized to prepare today’s students to work effectively with this population.

Author: 
Nanci A. Scheetz
Imprint: 
Boston, MA: Pearson, c2012
What Did You Say?: An Unexpected Journey into the World of Hearing Loss
Summary: 

Nothing prepared Monique Hammond for her own sudden hearing loss, and her questions to medical professionals often left her with more questions than answers. What Did You Say? is the book she wishes she had when she was coping with and trying to understand her own hearing loss.

Hammond points out that she is not a professional hearing specialist, so her first important message is that people who experience any ear-related symptoms ''must consult their physician or ear specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.'' From there, she provides organized, easy-to-understand facts and details that enable readers to have educated discussions with their medical professionals. Weaving together her own experiences with a wealth of information, Hammond's wisdom and insights are invaluable, and her story is one that needs to be shared.

Author: 
Monique E. Hammond
Imprint: 
Minneapolis, MN: Two Harbors Press, c2012
No More Laughing at the Deaf Boy: A Technological Adventure Between Silicon Valley and the Alps
Summary: 

Geoffrey Ball's extraordinary adventure in technology began in the legendary Silicon Valley of California and ultimately led him to the mountains of Austria, where he now lives and continues his work. Even as a child, Ball knew that sign language, conventional hearing aids, and lipreading were not for him, so he decided to find a cure for his deafness. Never letting his disability stand in his way, he became a kind of modern Renaissance man with wide-ranging interests and abilities, all coupled with an undeniable talent for entrepreneurship and invention. Ball introduces us to family and friends, surfing buddies and lab rats, business partners and fellow inventors, computer and Internet legends, the larger-than-life mentor who gave him his start, and the woman who ultimately saved his brainchild. He intersperses insights into technology and business with personal anecdotes and fascinating accounts of successes, failures and near misses along the way.

Author: 
Geoffrey Ball
Imprint: 
Innsbruck: Haymon Verlag, 2012
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The Parenting Journey: Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Summary: 

Karen Putz grew up hard of hearing and became deaf as a teen. When her own kids began losing their hearing one by one, she figured she had all the answers. She quickly learned it was a whole other ball game to be a parent of deaf and hard of hearing kids. Karen shares the twists and turns of her journey and the wisdom she's learned along the way.

Author: 
Karen Putz
Imprint: 
Cambridge, Mass.: Barefoot Publications, 2012
Strong Deaf
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Summary: 

Jade is the only hearing member in her family. Her older sister gets to go to the school for the deaf headed by her grandfather Gilbert, but Jade feels left out. Marla thinks her little sister is a pest and a brat. When they end up on the same softball team for the summer, neither is happy about it. Jade, the smallest player on the team, is assigned to be the catcher. It looks like it’s going to be a long season. As sisters, they are often at loggerheads, but as team mates Jade and Marla have to find ways to get along. In spite of their differences, they soon discover that each has a lot to offer the other.

Author: 
Lynn McElfresh
Imprint: 
South Hampton, N.H.: Namelos, c2012
Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community
Summary: 

In a diverse signing community, it is not unusual to encounter a wide variety of expression in the types of signs used by different people. Perceptions of signing proficiency often vary within the community, however. Conventional wisdom intimates that those who learned at an early age at home or in school know true standard American Sign Language, while those who learned ASL later in life or use contact or coded signs are considered to be less skillful. Joseph Christopher Hill’s new study Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community explores the linguistic and social factors that govern such stereotypical perceptions of social groups about signing differences.

       Hill’s analysis focuses on affective, cognitive, and behavioral types of evaluative responses toward particular language varieties, such as ASL, contact signing, and Signed English. His work takes into account the perceptions of these signing types among the social groups of the American Deaf community that vary based on generation, age of acquisition, and race. He also gauges the effects of social information on these perceptions and the evaluations and descriptions of signing that results from their different concepts of a signing standard. Language Attitudes concludes that standard ASL’s value will continue to rise and the Deaf/Hearing cultural dichotomy will remain relevant without the occurrence of a dramatic cultural shift.

Author: 
Joseph Christopher Hill
Imprint: 
Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, c2012
Social Constructions of Deafness: Examining Deaf Languacultures in Education
Summary: 

Thomas P. Horejes’s new book focuses on revealing critical knowledge that addresses certain social justice issues, including deafness, language, culture, and deaf education. He conveys this information through discourses about his own experiences being deaf and through his research in which he “stresses the contingency of the social” in educational institutions.

Author: 
Thomas P. Horejes
Imprint: 
Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press, 2012
Deaf Mental Health Care
Summary: 

This volume presents a state of the art account of the clinical specialty of mental health care of deaf people. Drawing upon some of the leading clinicians, teachers, administrators, and researchers in this field from the United States and Great Britain, it addresses critical issues from this specialty such as:

  • Deaf/hearing cross cultural dynamics as they impact treatment organizations
  • Clinical and interpreting work with deaf persons with widely varying language abilities
  • Adaptations of best practices in inpatient, residential, trauma, and substance abuse treatment for deaf persons
  • Overcoming administrative barriers to establishing statewide continua of care
  • University training of clinical specialists
  • The interplay of clinical and forensic responses to deaf people who commit crimes
  • An agenda of priorities for Deaf mental health research

Each chapter contains numerous clinical case studies and places a heavy emphasis on providing practical intervention strategies in an interesting, easy to read style. All mental health professionals who work with deaf individuals will find this to be an invaluable resource for creating and maintaining culturally affirmative treatment with this population.

Author: 
Neil S. Glickman
Imprint: 
New York, NY: Routledge, 2013
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
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
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
Summary: 

Create an IEP with this start-to-finish guide for caring parents! 

Your special needs child needs a special education, and as a parent, you face a number of obstacles as you work with your school district to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) - lots of steps, complicated paperwork, and intimidating procedures may seem like too much to take on...

...but you can do it! Let The Complete IEP Guide guide you through this complex process with vital information, strategies, and the encouragement you need to secure your child's education. Get everything you need to:

  • understand your child's rights
  • untangle eligibility rules and assessments
  • collect all school records
  • draft goals and objectives
  • pinpoint specific problems
  • develop a blueprint of program and services
  • research school programs and alternatives
  • prepare for IEP meetings
  • resolve disputes with your school district

Whether you're new to the IEP process or entering it once again, this user-friendly, plain English guide is your outline for an effective educational experience for your child. You'll get all the forms, sample letters, and resources that you could possibly need at any stage of the IEP process.

The 7th edition is completely updated to reflect the latest -- and major -- changes to federal regulations concerning your special education student, including details about your child's eligibility for special education services.

Author: 
Lawrence M. Siegel
Imprint: 
Berkeley, CA: Nolo, c2011
A Youth Suicide Prevention Seminar for Parents and Communities
Summary: 

This DVD tackles the tough subject of youth suicide and provides strategies of awareness and prevention for parents.  The presentation consists of statistical information about youth suicide, warning signs of suicidal ideation, elevated risk factors, what a parent can do, and resources for assistance.  On disc 1, a facilitator guide is included which easily leads the facilitator through the steps necessary to present the program.  Talking points are also provided to help the facilitator initiate discussion and answer questions regarding the information provided.  The presentation that will be viewed by the audience is on Disk 2.  Everything needed to present the program is included on these two disks. Time allotted for this presentation and discussion should be approximately two hours.

Author: 
The Jason Foundation
Imprint: 
Hendersonville, TN: Jason Foundation, c2010
1,000 Words to Sign
Summary: 

An introduction to American Sign Language. Includes an extensive vocabulary section--organized by common themes--with each word clearly illustrated with two to four photographs showing the beginning, middle and end positions of the sign and instructional arrows to indicate movement. Accompanying book.

Author: 
Geoffrey S. Poor
Imprint: 
San Diego, CA: Thunder Bay Press, 2010

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