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#SignYourName: Raising Deaf Awareness

Two organizations launched the #SignYourNameChallenge project to raise awareness about deafness and sign language rights in Rwanda.



A Journey Into the Deaf World

Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.



Accessibility in India

Thusar and Babloo talks about accessibility for deaf people in India



Accessible education for deaf students at college in Manila

This study evaluates accessible support services and teaching methods used with Deaf students enrolled in a college in Manila, Philippines.



Accessible Space Science for Deaf Students

How to provide accessible space science for Deaf students, students with other disabilities, and non-disabled students in the same class.



Accommodating Deaf Students in a University Classroom

Explains for professors about accommodating deaf students in a university classroom. Also explains accommodating blind students.



All Children Benefit from Sign Language

According to research, all children benefit from sign language. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit. And so do hearing babies.



Apply for Funding

The Mill Neck Foundation awards grants to organizations striving to improve the lives of Deaf people worldwide. MNI trains organizations how to plan, manage and evaluate a project from beginning to end, from the initial request for funding until the final evaluation of their programming.



ASL Literature for Children

Find videos with ASL literature for children, including songs and rhymes, stories, and poetry in American Sign Language.



Assistive Learning Technologies for Deaf Students

The book as a whole explains technology for students with disabilities in general. Chapter 4 focuses on assistive learning technologies with deaf students.



Assistive technologies for deaf-blind children

Provides publications, website links, PowerPoint slides, and other resources on assistive technologies for deaf-blind children.



Assistive Technology for Deaf Students

Guides teachers in deciding among options for assistive technology for deaf students in the classroom.



Assistive Technology in Education

Guides governments in improving policies and services to provide assistive technology in education to children with disabilities.



Basic Information on Cochlear Implants

Many websites offer basic information on cochlear implants. Some are for families, others are for deaf adults. Browse these web links.



Basic information on hearing loss

Explains basic information on hearing loss and why some of the ideas you might have about hearing loss may be wrong.



Best practices used in early intervention services

Summarizes research about early intervention services with deaf children and explains the best practices for helping them learn language.



Bilingual English/ASL education helps Deaf students learn

The study examines whether a bilingual English/ASL education helps Deaf students learn and do well in school.



California supports right to language access

In its position statement, the Department of Education of California supports right to language access for deaf and hard of hearing children.



Capacity Building Manual

Trainers can use this manual to teach a capacity building training program for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).



Capacity Building: The Basics

Explains what is capacity building and how it can help an organization grow and succeed.



Case Studies of Assistive Technology in Education

Describes two case studies of assistive technology in education in Bangladesh and Tanzania and guides governments in how to help.



CBM Representatives Meet Deaf Leaders from Vietnam

Two Deaf leaders from Vietnam, Huong and Linh, share what they know with two CBM staff members, Elizabeth Lockwood and Sian Tesni.



Child Development in Mainstream School

Learn about child development in mainstream school and how this impacts language and academic skills for Deaf students.



Children with disabilities in child development programs

Learn long-term strategies to improve participation and outcomes for children with disabilities in child development programs.



Communicating with Deaf Students

Advice for teachers on communicating with Deaf students, either directly or with the assistance of a sign interpreter.



Communication access and an education

First, their parents fought for their communication access and an education. A generation later, a Deaf man and his wife have the same fight.



Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama, USA

Read the story of Deaf student Kent Schaefer and his experiences with Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama in the United States.



Deaf children in a mainstream early childhood program

Learn strategies for how teachers can meet the needs of deaf children in a mainstream early childhood program.



Deaf children need Deaf adults

The author argues that the most important thing is that Deaf children need Deaf adults as role models and as professionals working with them.



Deaf children need early visual language

The author explains why deaf children need early visual language and recommends using both signed and spoken language.



Deaf Education in Zimbabwe and Teacher Trainees

The authors summarize the history of deaf education in Zimbabwe and study the attitudes of teacher trainees toward sign language.



Deaf entrepreneurs and other case stories

Projects in different countries helped people with disabilities, including Deaf entrepreneurs, get jobs and escape poverty.



Deaf Learners in Malaysia

This study analyzes the experiences of four Deaf learners in Malaysia primary schools and two Deaf adults who have finished school.



Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Toolkit

Deaf and deafblind trainers can use this toolkit to teach other deaf and deafblind people how to advocate for their right to a sign language interpreter.



Deaf student interactions with hearing students

A review of 21 studies found that students experience challenges during deaf student interactions with hearing students.



Deaf Students’ Opinions on Inclusive Education

Deaf students’ opinions on inclusive education in Northern Ireland and Sweden reveal that they are happier when schools use sign language.



Deaf Studies and Education

The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal for basic and applied research related to Deaf people.



Deafness and Communication Skills in Mongolia and Nepal

This article describes research about deafness and communication skills in Mongolia and Nepal. It tells the stories of deaf children growing.



Deafness and Education International Journal

Deafness & Education International is a peer-reviewed journal for educators involved with the education of young deaf students.



Diagnosing deaf infants in Nigeria

This article describes a study about diagnosing deaf infants in a community-based immunology clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.



Don’t give “Nana Gifts”

Lesson learned? Ask people want they want and need. Imagine how excited your home community will be knowing that they are collecting goods which will be appreciated and used to make a real difference in people’s lives. Don’t send “Nana gifts.” Ask first.



Early intervention with Deaf babies

Different experts explain early intervention with deaf babies, toddlers, and their families, for the professionals who work with them.



Educação bilingue para surdos na província de Huíla-Lubango-Angola

Este artigo é sobre educação bilingue para surdos na província de Huíla-Lubango-Angola. (Em portuguesa e Língua de sinais de Angola)



Education Options for Deaf Children

Explains for parents in the United States what education options for deaf children are available. Has some relevance for other countries too.



Enabling Deaf Students to Succeed in University

Provides guidance for enabling Deaf students to succeed in university, with explanation of different technologies that can help.



Engaging Deaf People in Politics

How an international organization encouraged Deaf people in Guinea, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic to participate in elections.



Ethical issues for research with Deaf communities

The authors of this article say that most codes of ethics for researchers do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities.



Family-centered education: Two families, two stories

Family-centered education helped two families in New Mexico, USA, support the education of their Deaf children.



Finding deaf characters in children’s literature

These resources can help people with finding deaf characters in children’s literature. The books are for readers aged 8 to 18.



Finding Local Deaf Organizations

Learn advice for finding local Deaf organizations in the country you want by starting at the top with international organizations.



For Parents of Deaf Children

The website, Raising Deaf Kids, is for parents of deaf children. Learn how to communicate with your child and how they will grow.



Good Education through Sign Language

This 5-minute video from Human Rights Watch explains that educators for Deaf students can achieve a good education through sign language.



Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents

Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents on how to help their deaf or hard of hearing child learn language.



Guide for Disability Inclusion in Education

How policy makers can make the school system in their country more inclusive of students with disabilities.



Guides on Classroom Interpreting for Deaf Students

Six guides on classroom interpreting for deaf students can guide interpreters, administrators, and others in helping them access language.



Have you ever assumed wrong? I did…

I looked at the seven statues of St. John on the shelf and asked them all for help. I had made it clear earlier that this money was theirs to spend as they wanted, so I had to shut up and be disappointed seeing them buy paper goods that would be used once and tossed away…for what?



Health professionals should advise parents to use sign language

Read the evidence: Why health professionals should advise parents to use sign language with their deaf children–even with cochlear implants.



Hearing aids are not perfect

Explains why hearing aids are not perfect. They help some people some of the time, but hearing aids also are limited.



Help a Deaf Student Understand

How can teachers help a deaf student understand what is happening in the classroom? This article provides general advice.



Help Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students in University

Learn how a university can help deaf or hard of hearing students succeed and pursue a university degree in the same school with hearing students.



How one library provides services to people with disabilities

Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.



How pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies

When a child is born deaf, decisions can be overwhelming. The authors give guidance on how pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies.



Identifying hearing loss in newborn babies in developing countries

On identifying hearing loss in newborn babies, why this is still not happening in many developing countries, and how to solve this.



Important for deaf children to learn sign language

Watch teachers and parents explain why they believe it is important for deaf children to learn sign language. Vea a los maestros y padres explicar por qué creen que es importante que los niños sordos aprendan el lenguaje de señas.



Improving Literacy through Software and Sign Language

Deaf schools in Russia and the United States collaborate in a project improving literacy through software and sign language.



Including Deaf Children in Early Childhood Education

Review the research on including Deaf children in early childhood education programs and the recommendations for program administrators.



Inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students

Learn strategies to make schools and classrooms more disability inclusive, with inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students too.



Information on Deafness for Parents

Provides information on deafness for parents, including how to raise Deaf children who are young, or school aged, or almost adults.



Innovations in Deaf Studies

The authors contributing to this anthology explore the role of deaf scholars in the field of Deaf Studies.



Journal Articles on Inclusive Education

The International Journal of Inclusive Education provides 20 years of peer-reviewed journal articles on inclusive education.



Language Policy in Deaf Education

What language should schools use when teaching deaf students? The authors summarize the research about language policy in deaf education.



Learning sign language early improves language skills

Research on Deaf children says that learning sign language early improves language skills and literacy. This summarizes 20 years of research.



Learning signs early helps deaf children read

Comparing literacy skills among four groups of children in four countries helps conclude that learning signs early helps deaf children read.



Lessons learned through Travel – Thank you but no thank you?

Typically when you travel to another country with different norms than yours, you learn lessons the hard way.



Letting deaf people be the leaders

Clarissa from Macau talks about a problem we see worldwide – deaf people not having the chance to lead.



Library of Resources for Deaf-Blind Children

This digital library of resources for deaf-blind children provides an extensive collection helpful for teachers, parents, and others.



Local University in Zambia to Accept Deaf Law Students

Frank Musukwa explains how Deaf organizations in Zambia advocated with local universities to ask them to enroll Deaf law students.



Making Classroom Lectures Accessible for Deaf Students

A university in France experimented with how to use technology to make classroom lectures accessible for Deaf students and hard of hearing students.



Making Content Accessible for Deaf Learners

Learn different ways for making content accessible for deaf learners or for students with other kinds of disabilities.



Manual for Training Women Leaders

Use this manual to train women leaders with disabilities, including women who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.



Manual on Sign Language Work

This manual on sign language work explains strategies for doing successful sign language work and some of the issues to think about.



Mask of Benevolence

The Mask of Benevolence analyzes how medical, education, and other professionals often harm Deaf people even when they’re trying to help



Mexico Laws for Deaf People

Mexico has many laws important for Deaf people and people with disabilities. Learn more about Mexico laws for Deaf people.



MNI Partner Organizations Celebrate the International Week of the Deaf 2018

Deaf organizations around the world including MNI partner organizations celebrate the International Week of the Deaf!



MNI Visits Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia

MNI staff visits the Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia, to observe and assist with their empowerment training workshop.



Opinion on Inclusive Education

Several authors in the 1990s wrote a series of opinion pieces that oppose placing all Deaf students in an “inclusive education” environment.



Organization for bilingual early childhood education

This organization is for professionals who develop, manage, and coordinate bilingual early childhood programs using ASL and English.



Other ways to assess the skills of deaf and hard of hearing students

This study looks at different ways that U.S. educators assess the skills of deaf and hard of hearing students.



Passing the Filipino Sign Language Act

The president of the Philippines Federation of the Deaf explains the process for passing the Filipino Sign Language Act.



Reading skills of Deaf children who sign

A study in the Netherlands analyzed the reading skills of Deaf children who sign. Children with better signing skills had better reading skills.



Research in Deaf Education

Experienced researchers share insights and experiences about the best way to do research in deaf education.



Research on cognitive development in deaf children

The research on cognitive development in Deaf children says that their development is average regardless of their language skills.



Resource collection on educating deaf children

This resource collection on educating deaf children has materials for teachers and other professionals who work with deaf children.



Resources for Teachers

The linked web page provides an extensive collection of online resources on how to teach students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.



Resources on Assistive Technology

This listing of resources on assistive technology for children with disabilities is a good starting point for finding many materials.



Self-Paced Tutorial in Teaching Deaf Students

If you are teaching your first deaf student–or your second or third–you will find this self-paced tutorial on teaching deaf students helpful.



Showcase: GNAD

Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!



Sign Language and Deaf Education in South Africa

Ayanda Ntukwana at Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) shares her experience in Deaf education in South Africa.



Sign Language for Everyone

In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.



Sign language in an early childhood education program

Watch teachers using sign language in an early childhood education program with young deaf and hard of hearing children. Observe a los maestros que usan lenguaje de señas en un programa de educación infantil con niños pequeños sordos



Sign Language in Deaf Education

Colin Allen, president of the World Federation of the Deaf, speaks about the importance of sign language in Deaf education.



Social Skill Development for Deaf Children in Mainstream School

The author of this article says a Deaf child in a mainstream school has more difficulty with social skill development and self confidence.



Strategies for Teaching Deaf Children

This article can help teachers with strategies for teaching deaf children literacy skills. Some of the advice may be useful in any country.



Strategies for Teaching Deaf University Students

Learn strategies for teaching and communicating with Deaf university students in the same classroom with hearing students.



Teacher’s Guide on Deafness and Learning

This article explains for teachers how to enable Deaf students to learn the same content at the same pace as hearing classmates.



Teachers can make simple changes

Deaf students face many challenges in a classroom with hearing peers. But teachers can make simple changes to resolve them.



Teachers Explain Teaching Deaf Students

Watch teachers explain teaching deaf students in mainstream schools in the United States and holding them to high standards.



Teaching a Deaf Child in a Mainstream School

This manual can help teachers learn about teaching a deaf child in a mainstream school. The author is Deaf and was in mainstream schools.



Teaching Deaf Dancers

This article explains what strategies were most successful in teaching deaf dancers how to dance, including visual demonstration.



Teaching Sign Language to Deaf Children and Families in Vietnam

Children with any disability are often out of school. But one project is teaching sign language to Deaf children and families in Vietnam.



Teaching strategies for a deaf student

Summarizes basic teaching strategies for a deaf student and a few of the assistive technologies that some students might use.



Technology and communication options for deaf people

Learn about different kinds of technology and communication options for deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages.



Technology for Deaf and Hard of Hearing University Students

Explains different types of hearing loss and different types of technology for Deaf and hard of hearing university students.



Technology for Teaching Greek Sign Language

Educators in Greece developed technology for teaching Greek Sign Language to deaf students in early primary school.



The Disability Data Portal

The Disability Data Portal shares data and statistics related to people with disabilities. These measure 16 indicators in 40 countries.



Time to rethink old advice?

In high-income countries, where they can diagnose deafness and give cochlear implants during infancy, is it time to rethink old advice?



Touch as a teaching strategy with DeafBlind children

Teachers use touch as a teaching strategy for deafblind children with additional disabilities. Which strategies work best?



Training colleagues at your organization

Disabled people (and Deaf people) can use this manual for training colleagues at your organization on disability human rights



Understanding Deaf Culture

Talks about different concepts of culture and how these apply to deaf communities. He suggests we speak of a new concept called “deafhood”.



Using a sign language interpreter

Guidance for university professors and other teachers on using a sign language interpreter in the classroom with deaf students.



Using deaf-friendly technology at school

This article shares the experience of using deaf-friendly technology at school in two different places in the United States.



Using Projects to Teach Language to Deaf Students

This handbook can help teachers use projects to teach language to Deaf students. It is written by a teacher from Botswana, Neo Tshani Mafunye, who participated in a Fulbright exchange program in the U.S.



Using Smartphone App for Communication

This study examines how a smartphone application can help signing deaf people communicate with people who don’t sign.



Video on deaf and hard of hearing students

This video on deaf and hard of hearing students describes some of the challenges that they experience in school and how teachers can help.



Vietnamese Deaf Children Learn through Sign Language

This article describes a project in which Vietnamese Deaf children learn through sign language. Parents and teachers learn sign language.



Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language

Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language with adults at home and with other Deaf children in preschool.



What a volunteer should not do

Watch a former President tell about his experience working with a volunteer that ended in a conflict.



What School is Best for Your Child?

What school is best for your child?  There are different kinds of schools where Deaf and hard of hearing children can go.



Why policies should promote sign language for Deaf children

The authors of this article argue that policies should promote sign language for all Deaf children, with or without cochlear implants.



Yes Deaf students play music too

Explains how teachers can help deaf and hard of hearing students learn, play, and enjoy music in the same classroom with hearing students.