September 2019 - Deaf Awareness Month

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

Deaf awareness

September is Deaf Awareness Month and we have some resources we hope you'll find helpful. To learn how West Virginia is celebrating, visit WV Hands & Voices.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library has to offer and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

All featured resources are available to borrow from the DRL
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Professional Resource - The Joy of Signing

By Lottie L. Riekehof

The Joy of Signing is one of the most comprehensive guides available for mastering the current basic signs used to communicate with deaf people in either the word order of the English language or in the American Sign Language pattern. It provides the basic vocabulary needed for persons entering interpreter training programs. Families and professionals communicating with deaf children and adults will appreciate this manual's conceptually based vocabulary.

Borrow The Joy of Signing from our library.

Professional Resource - Signing Time Preschool & Child Care Program Curriculum Kit

The Joy of Signing

By Signing Academy

When children's hands are moving, their minds are learning! Signing benefits children of all ages and abilities. Included in this hands-on learning and fun kit are: 1) Teacher's Guide; 2) Baby Signing Time DVDs; 3) Baby Signing Time Music CDs; 4) Resource CD; and 5) Sign Reference poster. This kit is a wonderful educational tool to enlighten young children.

Borrow Signing Time from our library.

Parent Resource - Choices in Deafness: A Parent's Guide to Communication Options

Edited by Sue Schwartz, Ph.D.

For more than 20 years, Choices in Deafness: A Parent's Guide to Communication Options has been the leading guide to communication options for parents of children with deafness and hearing loss. This book is now in an extensively revised and expanded third edition. It provides parents with the comprehensive scope of information they need. From assessment and diagnosis to medical and audiological treatment, from the latest types of cochlear implants to education and technology devices, this new edition presents a balance of research, guidance, and insight from experts and families.

Borrow Choice in Deafness from our library.

Young Adult Resource - El Deafo - A Graphic Novel

El Deafo

By Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir entitled El Deafo, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. Cece really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All" and more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

Borrow El Deafo from our library.

Child Resource - Understanding Differences "Some Kids" Set

By Lola Schaefer

This book set has 4 individual books."Some Kids Use Wheelchairs," "Some Kids Are Deaf," "Some Kids Have Autism," and "Some Kids Wear Leg Braces."

The "Understanding Differences Set" supports national social studies standards related to individual development and identity. These books describe and illustrate the special needs of children who use wheelchairs, wear leg braces and have autism. The books tell about the different activities that the children can enjoy. They each include a glossary of terms and other resources about various internet sites that you can visit for more information.

Borrow Understanding Differencesfrom our library.

Navigation Tips

Getting close to a Deaf person requires a little vulnerability on both sides. Many Deaf people are just as insecure about not being understood as you are, but most are patient and incredibly skilled at getting their point across to you.

Think about how would you feel if you were living in a foreign land where the language, customs and culture weren't native to you? Deaf people often feel this way when surrounded by hearing people.

Source: Deaf Etiquette - Dos and Don'ts You Need to Know

A Child's Champion

a photo of the hockey team

This month's Child's Champion is Charleston Sled Hockey. Sled hockey is regular hockey adapted for youth and adults with a physical disability. All ages are welcome. The first year is free and Charleston Sled Hockey provides all equipment. The team practices from 5:45 - 6:45 on Monday evenings from September 30 to mid-March. If you are interested in participating, come early on September 30 to register and be fitted with equipment. Charleston Sled Hockey is sponsored by grants from the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundation, the Brady Steps Foundation (Huntington, West Virginia), as well as several area businesses, civic groups, and individuals. PUT YOUR DISABILITY ON ICE.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at or by phone at 304-205-6434.