HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I have had multiple requests for new vocabulary to be uploaded on to my SIGNING FAMILIES FACEBOOK page. However, it is cumbersome and you can’t offer a groovy slideshow. So, without further ado, enjoy your ASL VOCABULARY lesson to start the NEW YEAR! For more information about learning ASL online, CLICK HERE.
This has been quite a year! So, as usual I will defer to photos instead of words to capture the year – end synopsis. From many traveling opportunities such as to Mac World with The PaperShow, EMS trainings, Parent- Child workshops, to creating educational videos for abcteach.com, products for SIGNING FAMILIES (hence all the kids in photos), and including tons of time working in media and social media and with Education.com, expanding my professional horizons with the co- creation of 411 VOICES and my joining The Linicomn Agency – LA Division for Exceptional Talent, to time time with family and friends and battling the beast (cancer) only to turn those lemons in to a Twitter-esque lemonade, and much more!… WHEW..
It is with great pleasure that I announce my new venture! I have been asked to join The Linicomn Agency to help open their second office in Los Angeles. This company first piqued my attention when it was apparent that they didn’t want to open a traditional talent agency, but a boutique service that would be for individuals with learning or physical challenges. WOW.. this I can do!
My role will be as a lisasion between talent and casting directors. Also, I will be an educational consultant helping children and young adults who have learning challenges such as Down Syndrome, Aspergers, or Learning Disabilities, receive an opportunity to be “submitted and pitched” like their peers. Actors between the ages of 3-25 years of age who are deaf, blind or have mobility difficulties and use a wheelchair will be able to submit for consideration for representation to The Linicomn Agency, as well. As a fluent signer, I can easily communicate with people who use sign language as their primary or secondary modes of communication
Actors can read more about The Linicomn Agency on the website: http://www.TheLinicomnAgency.com
The LA office is slated to open this Winter 2012. Casting directors and organizations wishing to learn more, please connect via this post
For more information, please feel free to comment here and I’ll email you personally. ( I have learned not to leave an email in a post or you will be super-spammed)
This year I made a new holiday sign language video with the help of some really awesome kids! Feel free to check out Madelyn, Jake, Samantha and many more in our Just for Kids Holiday Signs Video. (See below or click on the link to go directly to YouTube)
Almost daily I post sign language instructional resources and information to help those in the special needs communities on my SIGNING FAMILIES FACEBOOK page.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 has been designated as the National Emergency Alert Test Day. This will be only a TEST. Information that is IMPORTANT for our deaf friends can be found here (The video includes American Sign Language– ASL)
Below you will find the SIGNING FAMILIES Sign Expressions Emergency Card that was created for EMS, Firefighters, Law Enforcement , to name a few, to help facilitate communication with ASL users and Spanish speakers. Send an email to INFO@SigningFamilies.com to learn how you or your organization can receive one or more cards for less than 75 cents each (this weeks special).
To learn more about sign language and how you can learn starting today visit SIGNING FAMILIES
This post doesn’t need much of an introduction! Meet young Levi Waxler who is signing the Star Spangled Banner. ENJOY! (Thank you to Deanne Bray for her alerting many of us to this extraordinary performance!)
This has been an unprecedented week in my life. Without going more than 5 miles from my home I have experienced an earthquake, tornado, my son leaving for college and our dog, Bingo, saying his last goodbye. Talk about an emotionally charged week. Since, I couldn’t do anything to change the course of those events I will focus on another farewell… BORDERS BOOKS and MUSIC.
My love affair with BORDERS started when I first saw the shiny box store. Anyone who knows me will attest that I long have needed a program to get over my addiction to buying books (especially children’s books). BORDERS became my place to browse with my young preschoolers and keep them happy with a cookie and hot chocolate during months where the sun went down before dinner! A venue for other moms with strollers to meet and laugh over a latte. Where we could sit and hear a local or nationally renowned author read aloud excerpts from their books. And, where I heard my friend, Tom Sullivan, perform his great music.
BORDERS also was the first area store to spotlight my BABY, TODDLER and PRESCHOOL SIGN LANGUAGE DVD. They allowed me a great spot during their Educators’ Promotions week and I was so grateful for their sales and hospitality. This kind of treatment meant the world to me and helped jumpstart my business, SIGNING FAMILIES.
Goodbye BORDERS, my friend.