Deaf Pioneers Day
The Deaf Pioneers Day (DPD) event was a fantastic success again this year, hosted by the Texas School for the Deaf on September 25, 2019. This unique event was the result of a collaboration between the Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) and DeafTEC. DeafTEC is a project funded by the National Science Foundation through the National Technical Institute of the Deaf. This funding combined with the vast in-kind resources of TSD made DPD possible. This year the theme was “Your Future with Computers” designed to introduce students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to young adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and who have found success in a career using their computer skills and knowledge.
This event included a morning of information from the presenters about their careers and the path they took to achieve their goals. They talked about the skills, knowledge, and decisions they made in order to arrive at where they are today. The afternoon was filled with a flurry of activities in which students learned a variety of computer concepts from coding to designing.
Because the Deaf Pioneers Day was hosted on the TSD campus as well as livestreamed, almost 400 students were able to benefit from this event. Thirteen schools as far as Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio and the Carolinas enjoyed the event.
Panelists Jo Bempong, Mark Davis, Tim Kettering, Julian Moiwai, and Carrie Nesler listen as Alex Abenchun, Master of Ceremonies opens the program.
RIT Instructor, Mark Davis, describes the twists and turns of his career.
Tim Kettering, iOS Engineer for LYFT, explains the different roles he has played throughout his career.
News anchor for “The Moth”, gives students some final advice on staying the course.
New Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Mentor Program
The new Texas Deaf/Hard of Hearing Mentor Program (DHHM) is up and running! We are in the pilot phase and are excited to have Genelle Sanders leading the charge as the program coordinator. Genelle is a trained Deaf Mentor, an experienced professional, and a tremendous asset to our team.
DHHM is the newest Family Services program offered through the Educational Resource Center on Deafness. The program is free and available to families in Texas with a child ages birth through 5 years old who is deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf mentors are trained in the SKI-HI Deaf Mentor curriculum and will work directly with families teaching ASL and educating them about Deaf culture and the Deaf community. DHH role models have received SKI-HI training and will share their experiences as deaf or hard of hearing individuals with families using communication other than ASL. Both mentors and role models will offer support for the child’s communication and language development.
Texas is excited to offer this research-proven program with family-centered training to help families on their journey with their deaf or hard of hearing child.
If you’re interested in signing up for a mentor/role model, please fill out this form.
ASL Storytelling is off to a great start this year with over 50 classes signing up for this interactive storytelling experience. A team of nine storytellers connects with classes through videoconferencing equipment, helping reading come alive for students across the state of Texas. Storytellers connect with students on a weekly basis and work with a variety of schools across the state of Texas. Since some schools might not have videoconferencing equipment, ERCOD loans them the equipment they need.
“The program is designed primarily for elementary students, but can be adapted for middle or high school-aged students,” lead ASL Storyteller Lisa Cochran said. "Our storytellers have extensive backgrounds in storytelling and match the student’s language needs and communication backgrounds--ranging from students with no signing at all to students who are fluent in ASL."
The ASL Storytelling program also offers live school visits with lively, interactive presentations. Presentations are interactive and can be adapted to any grade level, focusing on storytelling with ASL. The students get involved in the story and answer questions for comprehension and play games using various iPad apps. Live visits can also be arranged to coincide with a unit or topic and can adapt the stories to reflect what is being taught in the classroom.
“I always enjoy the LIVE ASL Storytelling--the look on the children's faces are priceless when they see me face-to-face for the first time!” Lisa said. “They are shocked when they realize that I am a real person and not just a storyteller on their TV.”
For more information visit http://go.texasdeafed.org/ASLStorytelling.
Crossroads Gets a New Look
After several months of hard work and dedication, the Educational Resource Center on Deafness is pleased to announce the launch of our new website which is now LIVE and ready for you to explore and find easier access to the resources, support, information, and services available for Texas deaf and hard of hearing students, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
Browse through the dynamic menus, check out the enhanced navigation, structured layout and fresh new look taking you right to the resources you value - still at the same address www.TexasDeafEd.org! Please let us know what you think.
Self-Driving Cars Featured at Next Discovery Retreat
Over the weekend of November 15-17, 2019, Discovery Retreat will focus on a hot topic- Self-Driving Cars! During the weekend, we will introduce our campers to AutoAuto Cars- a small testing model for people to test self-driving concepts. This is a great way to learn about the future of Self-Driving cars and how Automobile companies such as Tesla, Mercedes, Audi and many more are working towards full self-driving cars. Check out go.TexasDeafEd.org/DR for more information about Discovery Retreat.
Spectrum Offers New Camps for Summer 2020
Changes in weather are quickly approaching! As we all know, changes in all things are truly wonderful in more than one way.
For us in particular, a new change means we are making room for improvements and giving ourselves the space to explore new opportunities out there unknown to us before.
We are beyond delighted to share exciting news with all of you about the new changes with our Spectrum: Summer Camps & Programs. With your help by sharing the inputs and feedback with us on how we could bring new, exciting energy to Summer Camps & Programs, it is now made possible for us to respond with new changes.
Spectrum: Summer Camps & Programs is truly excited to announce that it will offer several one-week-long specialty camps during Summer 2020, serving from age three to eighteen years old! We also will offer pre-transitional programs for fourteen years old and older. The programs will vary from a week-long to four weeks long. See below to learn what kind of summer camps and programs we will offer in Summer 2020:
Tiny Tots (half-day camp) June 7 – 19
Grades K-2 (all half-day camp)
Science Camp June 7 – 12
Swim Camp June 14-19
Deaf Arts Camp June 21 - 26
FUNdamentals I June 7 – 12
Swim Camp June 14 – 19
Deaf That! Camp June 21 – 26
Exploratory Camp June 28 – July 3
FUNdamentals II June 14 – 19
STEM Camp June 14 – 19
Deaf That! Camp June 21 – 26
Exploratory Camp June 28 – July 3
Ages 14 +
I Can! Gear Up for College June 7 – 12
I Can! Explore STEM June 14 – 19
I Can! Work: Outdoor Education June 14 – 19
I Can! Code June 21 – 26
I Can! Work: Career Exploration June 21 – 26
I Can! Drive: Teen June 7 – July 3
I Can! Drive: Adult Session A June 7 – 19
I Can! Drive: Adult Session B: June 22 - July 3
Important dates coming up
Our Spectrum: Summer Camps & Programs will share more detailed information on our website, www.texasdeafed.org/sp on Nov 1st.
- Nov 15th: Registration opens
- March 20th: Registration closes
We are excited about the incredible changes; we hope you are, too!
ASL Expressions Showcases Deaf Talent
The Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf and the Austin Public Library celebrated Deaf Awareness Week on September 23, 2019, with a platform of ASL talent. The event featured student and adult storytellers, poets, and performing artists and was livestreamed to over 700 viewers on YouTube. The performance can still be seen at go.TexasDeafEd.org/ASLExpressions.
YouTube sensation Max Maxey served as the master of ceremonies and performed two songs. Other entertainers included several Austin area performers, including five students from Texas School for the Deaf. The full list of performers can be seen below this article.
Jennifer Connor, a librarian at the Austin Public Library and the coordinator for the show, considered the event a success and hopes to make it a yearly event.
“The ASL Expressions program at the Central Library was fantastic!” Jennifer said. “Everyone I spoke with was very pleased that we focused on our deaf community with a signed program. I really hope we’re able to do it again and again! Many thanks go to the folks at TSD for their expertise in getting this off the ground.”
ASL Expressions Performers included:
Master of Ceremony Matt Maxey performing "All we got" by Chance the Rapper.
Megg Rose Davis performing “Broken and Beautiful” by Kelly Clarkson.
Andrew Daly signing the story "Alligator."
Lisa Cochran signing A Snake Mistake by Mavis Smith.
Holden Ewan signs The Bravest Opihi by Juliet S. Kono.
Kalie Kubes performs "A Million Dreams" by P!nk.
Huey Zhang signs the story The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Bishop.
Jayden Diaz signs The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
Jasmine Hottle signs the book Brothers Grimm story The 12 Dancing Princesses.
Ryan Schlecht shares his interpretation of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky with the crowd.
Jessica vonGarrel performs “Just Stand Up.”
Alma Robinson signs Who Put the Pepper in the Pot? by Joanna Cole.
Matt Maxey ended the show with "I'm Blessed" by Charlie Wilson feat T.I.