VALIDEAF: Visual access for linguistic inclusion, development, empowerment, advocacy, and freedom
Now enrolling for ASL/English (CAE) Dual Language Immersion Programs for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing children ages 18 months - 17 years-old for spring & summer weekend sessions, as well as 2, 3, & 5-day weekly summer sessions.
SESSIONS START SOON! REGISTER NOW!
*FREE ASL & CAE LESSONS FOR ADULTS/PARENTS WHILE KIDS ARE IN SESSIONS!
Our Board of Directors is comprised entirely of Deaf individuals that provides oversight and guidance to VALIDEAF's work. Their collective lived experiences and expertise ensure the organization is expertly steered precisely to truly have a positive impact on deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals' access, opportunities, and quality of life
Our Board of Directors is comprised entirely of Deaf individuals that provides oversight and guidance to VALIDEAF's work. Their collective lived experiences and expertise ensure the organization is expertly steered precisely to truly have a positive impact on deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals' access, opportunities, and quality of life.
Seeing a need for energetic, nonprofit work in the area of providing support to deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families, and the professionals that work with them to promote language acquisition and continued development, we formed our organization to provide sensible solutions. We've consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community!
Our vision is for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to have equity in access to language and opportunity. Visual linguistic access ensures language inclusion and development, which empowers deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to advocate for their rights and needs, as well as allow them to enjoy their right to linguistic freedom.
Our mission, plain and simple, is to end language deprivation for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. This can be done by providing education, training, and support to parents, educational professionals, medical professionals, and community members.
Providing ASL interpreters, cued language transliterators, and individuals proficient in both for all your visual language access needs.
Innovative, research-based approach to education, providing visual access to language for deaf/hard-of-hearing AND hearing students, alike. This inclusive environment removes the need for segregated, self-contained classes & creates a sense of linguistic community.
Offering training series presentations in ASL interpreting, cued language transliteration, art of proficiency in both. We also provide support for teachers of the deaf wanting to implement a comprehensive visual language approach. In addition, let our professionals in our mentoring program find the perfect match for your growth needs in ASL, CAE, interpreting, and transliteration.
Advocates available to provide clarity and support regarding rights and accommodations.
Building a strong community of resources and support. Take a look at all the activities offered!
Come learn how to provide visual access to language using ASL, as well as how to cue the language you use at home. The sessions are for all ages: young kids, older kids, & adults! So, no childcare needed! Also, a light dinner* is served between learning sessions!
[*for in-person sessions]
Presentations regarding current research related to best practices for promoting language development are offered, as well as workshops supporting topics families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children have identified as areas of interest.
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