Will you accept the ASL CHALLENGE?


Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too!

What are you doing October 16th at 10:16 a.m.?


On October 16th at 10:16 in the morning, I will be joining the 9.2 million Californians and 19 million worldwide (and counting) individuals who are planning on stopping EVERYTHING to participate in the SHAKE OUT earthquake and tsunami drill!

Registration is EASY and the whole drill only takes a few minutes. WOW – five minutes to practice how to be safe when a disaster strikes! And, for you non-west coast folks – don’t think that earthquakes are just “our thing”. If memory recalls correctly – one of the most recent earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 5.0 in the United States happened in Virginia!

HOLIDAY GIFT CONTEST! CONTEST NOW CLOSED


MOMMY PERKS in conjunction with SIGNING FAMILIES is offering a HOLIDAY CONTEST
How to win? EASY!! Simply watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Jffvh_gIU
Comment here on the SIGNING FAMILIES page as to what you liked in the video!
Note that prizes will be similar but not always exact of what is in in the video. A Gift Certificate may be offered instead.
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I CHANGED MY MIND


YES, I am guilty. I changed my mind – AGAIN!
I have tried THREE different newsletter services, only to realize that the most efficient way to disseminate information about SIGNING FAMILIES, the 411 VOICES network (including my radio show) and more was via my WORDPRESS blog!

YES, I promise to make sure that the content is equally, if not MORE GROOVY, than what was in my prior newsletters!
HOW TO GET this GROOVY INFORMATION? Simply go to my sidebar on this blog and complete the FOLLOW THIS BLOG BY EMAIL or if you use WORDPRESS you can opt to press the FOLLOW button!

Welcome to the NEWLY UPDATED SigningFamilies.com


In 2006 I officially launched SigningFamilies.com. Since that time we added to the website and revised it several times. TODAY, I am proud to announce the official launch of SigningFamilies.com with a fresh and sleek new look! (And to match we changed our WORDPRESS theme, too!)

WHY? Over the years my focus has expanded. I use to be one of the many “baby sign language’ companies out there, although I took a more developmental psychology approach with our DVD and courses aimed at teaching language models. Of course, we also offered programs and products for people who wanted to learn the basics of sign language.

However, it became more and more important to me to provide quality information, workshops and affordable products to not only parents, but to many other groups, too!

First Responders, Community Responders (CERT), Law Enforcement and EMS (including Fire Departments). I totally admire the work of our emergency and disaster response providers and it is a privilege each and every time I speak to these brave and dedicated organizations. Thank you all.

Educators. I recognize that educators work in a variety of milieus- including as home educators / homeschool teachers. I appreciate that teachers are in need of affordable and accessible materials as they often need to shoulder the responsibility of purchasing classroom materials themselves. Therefore, I try to offer many items, such as YouTube videos, FREE and communication charts, inexpensively.

When the Earth Shakes and Spins! How to be prepared for Earthquakes and Tornadoes!


If a hurricane hit your home today would have an evacuation plan? If you awoke in the middle of the night to the earth trembling and your home shaking violently- would you know what to do? Green skies are often the first warning of a tornado coming – where should you go? Dangerous chemicals were let in to the air following a train derailment near your home – would you know what to do and where to get credible information for either evacuation or sheltering in place?

There are so many disaster scenarios that specialists in the field of “community safety” are figuring out strategies and how to get the best prevention and help in place in case of the big “WHAT IF” does happen.

In the interest of public safety I will be posting as series of articles about how to PREPARE for potential disasters AND also incorporate resources. The information also will look at the statistics behind the most common disasters. For today, let’s start with TWO very real disasters that face many worldwide – earthquakes and tornadoes.

EARTHQUAKE PREPARATION

You may think that earthquakes are only on the west coast of the United States or in remote mountain regions of Asia. But, that simply is false. Earthquakes happen in almost every state in the US and throughout the world, from the island of Japan to mountains of China. In fact, earthquakes can occur anytime, anywhere. Just ask the people of Washington DC who experienced a good size earthquake 5.8 in 2011 (The epicenter was in Virginia). Click here to find your area and see if you were in the location of where more than one million registered earthquakes occurred this year. (Approximately 13,000 were a 4.0 or higher). States with the most earthquakes? Alaska and California have the most (no surprise) but you may not have thought of Utah as a top earthquake location?