VALIDEAF board member, Vanessa Arp, provides exposure to ASL through immersion, as she reads students Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes during ValidED's Dual Language Immersion Program Spring Session 1.
Students attend to a story shared by VALIDEAF vice president. Deb Dubsky, as she provides access via spoken English & Cued American English for visual access to English.
Deaf language models are an integral part of our dual language immersion program. Here, Karen Spanbauer captures the PreK students' attention with her native ASL storytelling.
We adopt a family-center approach. Parents learn ASL while their children attend their dual language immersion classes. Ayaz Ali starts these adults on their ASL journey!
These parents are already proficient in American Sign Language (ASL), so they are learning Cued American English (CAE) from another VALIDEAF board member, Rachel MacAnallen, who is a Deaf native cuer and fluent in ASL, as well.
Sometimes, you just need to connect with others with shared experiences. Opportunities are provided for families and care-givers to network & socialize. VALIDEAF fosters a community of support.
Every classroom has at least one Deaf & one non-deaf language model. Students rotate through centers during their dual language immersion sessions. Here, Carson Pursifull, who is also our Treasurer, leads one of the center activities.
Do you already have some experience with ASL? We've got you covered! Our dual language immersion program also offers intermediate ASL classes! Here, Eric Spanbauer meets the parents where they are and builds upon their language skills.
Another special feature about our ValidED educational programming is the inclusion of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students. What an amazing opportunity for CODAs and those with deaf siblings!
We're proud to share that one of our very own board members is starring in a leading role in Claybourne Park. It's a performance you won't want to miss!
We are excited to announce that an application for funding to establish ValidED as an official charter school was submitted on January 15, 2023. Applicants who make it to the next round for interviews will be notified at the beginning of March. Click the link to learn more about New Schools Venture Fund.
Join us in promoting visual language access, inclusion, and multilingualism!