Opportunities to learn sign language in the home can be done via videos, web based sign language programs, and even apps on your tablet or smartphone. A few such resources include:
- American Sign Language University
- ASL Inside
- Apps for Kids (and Adults) with Hearing Loss by Tina Childress: More than 250+ apps covering hearing related topics such as accessibility, advocacy, audiology, hearing aid accessories, hearing loss education, hearing tests, listening therapy, personal amplifiers, sign language, sound level meters, speech and telecommunication. Can view whole list or select categories.
- American Sign Language and Deaf Culture resources on the WESP-DHH Resources page
Described Captioned Media Program (DCMP): Free loan service for accessible media library. If you have a deaf child or deaf student, the DCMP can be a great resource.
Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH) Educational Resource Library is located at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf (WSD). Parents or staff working with deaf children can go online to the lending library’s site and pick out a title or two, then go to their local library and fill out a request to have the book, CD, DVD, etc. mailed to their local library. Your library will contact WSD and have them send it to your library. When you are done, you take it to your library and they will send it back to WSD.
Technical colleges: The technical college in your area may provide inexpensive basic sign language classes. Check your county’s technical college website.
Also recommended is to contact your region’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH). This is a state organization. The regional coordinators assigned generally have listings of the sign language learning opportunities in their region.
Visit the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) website for a listing of interpreters and interpreter agencies.
Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Educational Interpreters from the DPI Information Update Bulletin 13.03: “The Role of Educational Interpreters for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.”
Professionals may also join the WI Deaf Ed. Professionals Community which has openings that schools send to us directly. The Community also provides a forum for professionals to network and share resources and ideas. Any Wisconsin professional who is working with a student who is deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind may join this Community.