Douglas Tilden 5K/10K Run/Walk Registration Open Now!
The Douglas Tilden 5K/10K Walk/Run event will take place at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on Sunday, June 2, 2013! Five organizations are collaborating in this fun event that celebrates Deaf Humanity: Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children (DBC), California Association of the Deaf (CAD), Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency (DCARA), Deafhood Foundation (DHF), and San Francisco Club for the Deaf (SFCD). Click on the image below for the flyer to print, distribute, and post. Our goal is to have over 500 participants and all of us would love to have your support in helping us achieve this exciting goal! Please join us - bring your family and friends!! And, if you cannot make it but want to be with us in spirit, feel free to donate. All proceeds will be split among the 5 organizations.
Summit IV: March 21-23, 2013
The National American Sign Lanauge and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education is meeting once again to address the new direction as well as "hands on" demonstrations of ASL/English Bilingual Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children ages 0-8 and their families. The DBC appreciates all of ECE's integral efforts to keep people coming together through the summits, enabling professionals to pool together their knowledge and encouraging interactive dialogue to further enhance quality standards of early childhood education for Deaf babies and children. For more information, click the image below.
12th Annual EHDI Meeting: April 14-16, 2013
The 12th Annual Meeting of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) is coming up in Glendale, Arizona. The DBC has worked hard in the last several years to encourage those within the EHDI system to bring more Deaf representation and attention to the importance of ASL for Deaf babies and children. While we recognize that there has been some improvement thus far, MUCH MORE still needs to be done! The DBC encourages you to get involved and STAND UP to demand: 1) strong Deaf representation at all levels in EHDI and 2) formal recognition of the most important, critical role that ASL plays in developing language and literacy in Deaf babies and children. While registration is open, stay tuned or get active to see if there are other ways you can get involved such as organizing rallies on the outside to bring more media attention to our call for Deaf Representation and ASL for Deaf babies and children within EHDI. For registration, more information can be found at the EHDI Meeting Website.
Preview: The Audacity to Exist by Facundo Element
Please watch this amazing preview of a video about hearing parents and their Deaf child that is being produced by Facundo Element (FE). The DBC is extremely grateful to FE for this groundbreaking work to bring enlightened, healthier perspectives for parents to ponder.
The DBC urges you to view, read and sign this petition to the White House to request official recognition of ASL as a language and a language of instruction for Deaf babies and children.
This petition could not come at a better time, as the Obamas are known to be familiar with Deaf people and their use of ASL. If you have already signed this, thank you! We, then, would like to challenge you to send this on to 15 people you know - your family/friends/colleagues - and urge them to sign this as well! Feel free to explain that an official recognition of ASL will do much to promote the importance of bilingualism and biliteracy, in ASL and English, to parents, school staff, and medical professionals, thereby giving Deaf babies and children a better chance for a happier and more productive life. Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children!
Hi, I'm Adrean Clark. I wanted to let you know something -- President Obama has worked for several years in making the Federal Government more open and accessible to citizens. As part of that work, his Administration has set up a website called "We the People." Its purpose is according to the First Amendment in the US Constitution, a line in which allows people to create petitions to request the government to take a desired action. The "We the People" website makes it easier for the petitions to be created and provided directly to the Oval Office.
When I saw that, it gave me an idea to take action for American Sign Language. For many years our community has struggled to convince legislators at the state level to formally recognize ASL, to allow students to obtain credit for ASL classes. We have made progress in that area, but ASL is under the label of a "foreign language."
American Sign Language is NOT a foreign language. It is through-and-through an American language.
[Picture of the ASL petition on the We the People website.]
The petition I created asks for federal recognition of American Sign Language. This can be done through policy, through the White House working with Congress, and through an Executive Order directly from President Obama himself.
We need to reach at least 25,000 signatures in order for our request to reach President Obama's desk. At that point, he (or another staff member in his administration) will read the petition and provide an official response.