Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs

Try Your Hand at This: Easy Ways to Incorporate Sign Language into Your Programs

by Kathy MacMillan


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American Sign Language is more than just an assortment of gestures. It is a full-fledged unique language, with all the characteristics of such. This helpful and user-friendly guide for librarians and other library personnel involved in library programming demonstrates everything from how to set up programming involving sign language for all ages to dealing with and paying interpreters. The book also discusses how to publicize programs to the public and within the deaf community and how to evaluate and improve the library's sign language collection. Kathy MacMillan's impressive understanding and knowledge of the deaf community and the importance of sign language_as well as her exceptional handling of the numerous erroneous myths about deafness and sign language that are, unfortunately, still often current_make this handbook an indispensable tool for all library personnel looking to reach out to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810854475
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Kathy MacMillan is an American Sign Language interpreter, consultant, children's performer, and librarian. She served as Library/Media Specialist at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, MD from 2001 to 2005.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Part I: Make Your Programs Sparkle with Sign Language Chapter 5 1. Sign Here Please Chapter 6 2. "But I Don't Know Sign Language!" Chapter 7 3. What You Never Learned in School Chapter 8 4. Seven Simple Techniques for Incorporating Sign Language into Any Program Chapter 9 5. Hands-On Sign Language Chapter 10 6. Reaching Out Chapter 11 7. Drawing Them In Part 12 Part II: Programs for All Ages Chapter 13 8. Baby Programs Chapter 14 9. Toddler Programs Chapter 15 10. Preschool Programs Chapter 16 11. Elementary School Programs Chapter 17 12. Middle School Programs Chapter 18 13. Family Programs Part 19 Appendix A: Annotated Bibliography of ASL Resources Part 20 Appendix B: Annotated Bibliography of Materials to Use with Sign Language Part 21 Appendix C: Games and Crafts to Use in ASL Programs Part 22 Appendix D: Glossary of Terms Relating to Sign Language and Deafness Part 23 Appendix E: Glossary of Useful Signs Part 24 Works Cited Part 25 Index Part 26 About the Author

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