Deaf Santa comes to town

Eighteen students from Waimea Elementary, Keaau Elementary and Kealakehe Elementary clad in felt antler headbands signed “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” together at the 3rd Annual Deaf Santa event at Parker Ranch Center Thursday morning.

The children are enrolled in the deaf and hard-of-hearing programs at the schools. Deaf Santa events have been held on Oahu for 25 years. Angela Nagata, a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) for Waimea Elementary School, started the holiday event in Waimea in 2013.


Adorable Seven Year Old Uses Sign Language To Read The Polar Express

Shaylee Mansfield, who was born deaf, is the daughter of Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson who are also deaf signers. They run a popular website ASL Nook where people can learn about American sign language.

According to her mother, Shaylee has always had a deep love of books and storytelling.

Shaylee’s reading can be seen and read at the link below.


New RFA Released: CYSHCN Standards Action Learning Collaborative – Deadline: Jan 23, 2017

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, is excited to announce a Request for Applications for state teams interested in receiving peer-to-peer technical assistance in adopting the National Standards for Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (the Standards) to improve their state system of care for this population of children.


Beyond Baby Signs – Learning Language by Eye or By Ear: An Online Course Offered by Gallaudet University


Language Learning by Eye or by Ear is designed to introduce educators, parents, interpreters, aspiring linguists, and sign language users to the basics of language acquisition and development milestones of babies and toddlers from birth to 36 months.  The course is taught in both English and American Sign Language.

Discover the multilingual world of babies in this 25-day online course taught by Dr. Deborah Chen Pichler.