Educators & Parents

Information and Resources for Parents and Educators

Provides information and links that provide information and support for deaf children and their parents.

Thank you for contacting VL2 regarding information about your deaf baby/child or to obtain information for someone else who has a deaf baby/child. We are a National Science Foundation supported Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). We have many research projects that are investigating how deaf individuals become successful in reading and writing. Our philosophy follows a socio-cultural perspective that looks at deaf individuals within their cultural environments. We have projects that evaluate the best assessment measures to use with both older and younger deaf people as well as those that focus on the development of literacy more specifically.

Below are some links to resources and organizations that will help you as you begin your search for information.

We are also developing an interactive version of this information, an informational package that will include research that looks at the impact of visual learning on literacy. We have included information that focuses on American Sign Language (ASL), bilingualism, and cochlear implants, as well as from groups that provide support to parents.

We wish you the best in your advocacy for deaf children and adults. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,
The members of VL2 Integration of Research and Education (IRE) team

American Society for Deaf Children
American Society for Deaf Children  Download PDF (169KB)
The American Society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.
Hands and Voices
Hands and Voices  
A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as professionals who serve them.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center  
Housed at Gallaudet University, the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center runs two schools and focuses on improving the quality of education. The Clerc Center is one of VL2's key collaborative partners in the work of bridging research and education.
"Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language"
"Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language"  
We are delighted to collaborate with the California State University at Northridge and the California Department of Education in the dissemination of their video on the benefits of early exposure to a visual language and a bilingual ASL-English Education. A Spanish language version of this video is also available at the same link.
What the Research Says
What the Research Says  
The VL2 center publishes research briefs as a resource for educators and parents. These briefs gather information from the research on topics relevant to ASL-English bilingual education and visual language.
American Sign Language and Early Intervention
American Sign Language and Early Intervention  
In this article, VL2 lecture series presenter Dr. Kristin Snodden presents an overview on the implications and advantages of early visual language in early intervention in both Canada and the United States.
The Essential Educator on Early Visual Language
The Essential Educator on Early Visual Language  
Research, notes the education blog site, "The Essential Educator," has indicated that the language areas of the brain have no preference for language input and that the most accessible pathway for full access to linguistic information for many deaf children is through the visual channel.
Tips for Working with Interpreters
Tips for Working with Interpreters  
Classroom interpreting is more than just knowing how to sign competently. Interpreters must process language quickly and accurately, and they must think about spoken English and sign language simultaneously. Interpreting is also about being able to support the educational goals and outcomes as defined by the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).