Literacy Teaching MethodsAt a parent-teacher meeting, my child's instructor told me that the class was using a tool called Manipulative Visual Language (MVL). According to the teacher, this technique helps deaf children visualize the sounds they can not hear.
The Fall 2003 issue of Odyssey, a publication of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, has an informative article on the use of MVL [PDF].
Literacy ProductsThe Clerc Center product catalog includes an entire section on literacy. Products available include a book on using dialogue journals, posters, and a writer's handbook for deaf students.
Several companies develop literacy products or resources for deaf children, too, including:
- The Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, which has computer software with signed stories and games, plus companion books that feature Paws the Dog and the Con-SIGN-tration memory game series.
- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) came up with "Cornerstones," a program that uses video stories to teach literacy to young deaf and hard of hearing children.
- BoysTownPress.org produces the "Read With Me" video series of ASL translations of well-known young children's literature.
Deaf Literacy WebsitesDeafEd.net allows registered users to search for literacy material in the documents docsearch. Literacy is one of the "topical focus" choices in the search engine. Among the documents available for download are teacher problem/solution documents. One that I downloaded myself for my own use was titled "Encouraging Reading for Enjoyment." One of my deaf children was particularly resistant to reading, even resisting reading for pleasure, although he saw me enjoying my comic books and newspapers all the time.
Gallaudet University also maintains the Signs of Literacy project website. This project examined the relationship between ASL and literacy. The publications and presentations bibliography includes some downloadable material.
Books on Deaf LiteracySeveral books have been published that address literacy in deaf people:
- Language and Literacy Development in Children Who Are Deaf (2nd Edition)
- Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives
- Literacy and Your Deaf Child: What Every Parent Should Know
- Literacy Learning for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- The Words They Need: Welcoming Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing to Literacy
Literacy ArticlesThere are numerous articles addressing literacy. Over a hundred can be found through the Eric.Ed.Gov website, a database of educational materials. Some articles can be downloaded free. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness has a section on Literacy, with articles, e-book resource lists, and much more.
More on Literacy From About.com DeafnessAlthough this site is not solely dedicated to literacy, there is a section at About.com Deafness called the Literary Corner that was set up to encourage deaf people to write. Another literacy related article discusses the use of music in deaf education.
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