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This is a cute video from the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in the USA. The video shows students from the Pre-K class (about 4 - 5 years old). The students are teaching the sign language signs for ocean animals and jungle animals. The Wisconsin School for the Deaf is located in the city of Delavan, Wisconsin. To learn more about the school, please visit their web site at: http://wsd.k12.wi.us
This video shows a tour of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD). It is located in Jacksonville, Illinois in the USA. The school was founded in 1839. The story of ISD begins on the Mississippi River in 1838 when Senator Orville H. Browning from the city of Quincy was traveling on a steamboat. He was impressed by a fellow traveler who was an educated deaf man from Kentucky. Browning knew that Illinois did not offer educational opportunities for its deaf citizens and decided to pursue the issue in the Senate. On February 23, 1839 Governor Carlin signed Browning’s bill creating the school.  Abraham Lincoln was one of the supporters of the bill.
The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is located in Sydney, Australia. Australia is a very big country, and many people live in remote areas far away from Sydney. The RIDBC has developed a unique program to help children who cannot travel to the school. They developed a Teleschool. The Teleschool is a service for deaf children and children with vision problems. The students and teachers communicate each through a televison.

This video shows a mother named Laidy and her daughter, Bella. Bella is a student in the Teleschool. The teacher helps Laidy to understand about Bella’s deafness and helps Bella learn to use what she hears with her cochlear implant.

To learn more about the RIDBC Teleschool, please visit: http://www.ridbc.org.au/teleschool



This video is about St.Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired in the country of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. A mineral found in Sierra Leone is the diamond. Diamond mining is an important industry there.

St. Joseph’s School began in 1979 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny.

The school’s web site says this: As in many parts of the developing world, children with disabilities in Sierra Leone are often socially marginalised; some are even rejected by their families. St Joseph’s School aims to combat this stigma and enable hearing-impaired children to take their rightful places in society. To that end, the school offers students a rigorous academic education and teaches vocational skills that will allow them to become active members of the working world. The school also involves its students’ parents in their children’s education and to teach the people of Sierra Leone about the life of the hearing impaired.

You can learn more about St. Joseph’s School at: http://st-josephs-hearing-impaired-school.com


This video comes from Hasm and the Humble Hearts School for the Deaf in Nairobi, Kenya. Hasm is directing a choir of hearing and deaf students performing the song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". In this video, the girls in the back are singing and the students in the front are using Kenyan Sign Language.

Hasm writes that he uploaded this video to raise awareness about Deaf culture, especially when it comes to music, and to show people that Deafness is really not a disability. It is more a way of living: Deafhood, like womanhood or manhood. Music is music, there is no need to hear to be able to appreciate that art form.



This video comes from the country of Morocco which is in the northern part of Africa. The video shows an interview with an audiologist named Courtet Catherine. It was May, 2012, and she was finishing up a mission in the city of Agadir at the Centre Zohour. The mission was conducted by Audition Solidarite, an organization in France.

This video shows teachers of deaf students in the country of Bulgaria. The teachers names are Tsvetan and Elena. In the video, Tsvetan introduces Elena who has taught for 17 years in the secondary level. She shows art projects from her students. One of the projects is "martenitsa". "Martenitsa" are made with red and white yarn. People in Bulgaria make them and then give them to friends and family at the beginning of spring in March. Martenitsi are given with wishes for good luck.


Operation P.R.O.P. is a nonprofit organization that gives free airplane flights to people with disabilities. The director’s name is Linwood Nooe. He recently said, "When you get in an airplane, you forget about everything else," he said. "That’s something I wanted to share with people. It doesn’t matter what disability you have, you can still fly in a plane."

Katie Inman lives in the state of Florida in the USA. She is 15 years old, and she is deaf-blind.

Recently, Operation P.R.O.P. took Katie and her interpreter, Ashley, for a flight. Katie was able to even control the plane for a time. The pilot was Pilot Donna Tostevin, assistant flight chief instructor at Florida Aviation Career Training. Donna let Katie help guide the plane during takeoff and landing, and once the plane leveled out at about 2,600 feet in the air, she took her hands off her set of controls.

During their flight, they circled over St. Augustine, Florida. and Ashley told Katie when they flew over landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions and Katie’s school.

"It was fun!" Katie said afterward, standing on the red-tipped wing of the plane.

"I still wanted to go higher," she said. "Maybe next time we’ll do more tricks."

Mr. Nooe hopes to work with the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to help their students learn to fly.



Michael Hubbs is a graduate of the Texas School for the Deaf.  He is training hard and hopes to compete at the 2014 Winter Olympics. His sport is short-track speed skating.

When Michael was younger, he was a very good inline skater. When he was in high school, he switched to the sport of swimming. He was good at swimming, too, and won medals and set new records.

In March of 2012, Michael decided to start skating again and won awards in some competitions.  He now trains at the Olympic Training Center in Utah.

In a recent interview, Michael said, "If you 110 percent believe and put in the effort, then you can surprise the world."





Math terms in American Sign Language (ASL) and Japanese Sign Language (JSL)

Students at the Rochester School for the Deaf in the USA and the Tokyo Metropolitan Chuo School for the Deaf in Tokyo, Japan are participating in a special project. It is called SEEDS-International (Secondary Educational Enrichment for Deaf Students – International). First, the Japanese students visited the US. Then, the US students visited Japan.

In this video, the US students and Japanese students show math and school terms in their own sign languages. The US students’ teacher is Mrs. Heather Mooney. The students in the video are: Ayumi, Sayaka, Marlena, Brianna, Felicia, Bryanna, and Gabby.

All words are fingerspelled in ASL, then signed in ASL, then fingerspelled in JSL and signed in JSL

On time



This song is called "We're Going To Be Friends" and it is sung by the group named White Stripes. The video was produced by D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network.

To see more D-PAN videos, please visit: www.d-pan.org

Here are the words to the song:

Fall is here, hear the yell,
back to school, ring the bell,
brand new shoes, walking blues,
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we're going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee,
through the park and by the tree.
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
then safely walk to school
without a sound.

Well here we are, no one else,
we walked to school all by ourselves
there's dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
at playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don't notice any time pass
we don't notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I'll bet
that you and I will walk together again
cause I can tell that we're going to be friends


Yerko Difonis is a high school student who is partially deaf and legally blind. He was born in the country of Chile. He and his family moved to the U. S, and he attended school for many years in the state of New York. He moved back to Chile and is living there now.

Yerko has a talent for playing music. He is a gifted pianist. He started playing the piano when he was only six years old. Recently, he was in a television talent contest in Chile. It is called, "Talento Chileno". He played a piece of music that he wrote himself. It is called, "Flying High".

In this video, you can watch Yerko’s performance on "Talento Chileno".





This video comes from the city of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a very large city on the eastern side of China. In the video, a girl named Kylie Lee shows us how to count to 10 in Hong Kong Sign Language.


Rohana Special School

Rohana Special School was founded in 1963 by Venerable Naradde Vedananda Thero, a Buddhist monk who had a vision of providing society’s outcasts with formal education. He wanted them to have education equal to the standards that more-privileged students had.

Today, the school has more than 120 pupils, ages 6-20, who are enrolled in Grades 1 through 11 and O-Level. More than 70 of them live in newly refurbished hostel buildings. The school is located in Matara on Sri Lanka’s southern coast.

The school’s web site is: http://www.rohanaspecialschool.org




Holy Land Institute for the Deaf
Salt, Jordan

This video from Explore.org shows a visit to the school located in Salt, Jordan. The man in the video is Brother Andrew de Carpentier. He gives a tour of the school and discusses the high rate of genetic deafness in the country of Jordan. He introduces us to 2 sisters who are both deaf. One sister is studying to take her entrance exams to university.

Brother Andrew talks about the school’s vocational training program. The school feels that it is good for the students to study to go to university, but it is also good to know a skill or trade to use to get a job. The school has 7 or 8 different vocational program. He shows us the beautiful woodwork made by the students at the school. The woodwork made at the school is sold. It is good for the students to see that their work has value.

The school teaches its students that they all have a mission in the world. They were put here on Earth by God for a purpose.


Deaf Association of the State of Tamaulipas

School for Deaf Children in Rio Bravo

The school is called: Mexico, Centros Cristianos para Sordosmudos. A.C. (Mexico, Christian Centers for Deaf Persons, Civil Association).

Alonso, Carlos Manuel and Marcelo are teaching Mexican sign language both to deaf people and teachers.  They were using American Sign Language. Currently they are improving and learning Mexican sign language.

The school is called: Mexico, Centros Cristianos para Sordosmudos. A.C. (Mexico, Christian Centers for Deaf People, Civil Association).

Translated into English by Heidi Rauch


This video comes from the country of Nepal. A charity in the UK works closely with the Bhairahawa School for the Deaf. The charity, The Esther Benjamins Trust, has helped this school build new classrooms, pays for scholarships for the students in need, and provides volunteers to work with the children. In this video, two volunteers from the UK teach the students how to make mosaics. The volunteers’ names are Camille Kinchin and Holly Wheaton. Holly and Camille want to teach the students a new skill that will help them earn money in the future.

This video was made by students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) in Danville, Kentucky, USA. The students tell the history of the school. KSD was founded in 1823, and it was the first state-supported school for the deaf in the United States.

Danville is located in central Kentucky in the "Bluegrass" area that is famous for horseracing


Khmer Sign Language Online Dictionary
Krousar Thmey

Krousar Thmey was the first Cambodian foundation to assisting disabled children. They provide disabled Cambodian children with educational materials that are in harmony with their beliefs.  The materials are respectful of the Cambodian traditions and beliefs. Their purpose is to help children develop and blossom into responsible adults. Krousar Thmey takes great care that its aid neither creates disharmony between a child and his relatives and friends, nor creates privileged or dependent children.

Krousar Thmey was the first NGO to propose education for deaf children. They had to develop the tools necessary for good communication, so teams worked on adapting American Sign Language for use in the Khmer language.


In Medellin, Colombia, a group of deaf children is gathered to take part in an orchestra.  The group “Manos Blancas” (White Hands) plays with mastery the music that none of its members can hear. It is hard to understand how deaf children can play music. However, this orchestra demonstrates that music is the universal language, both for hearing and deaf persons.
(Heidi Rauch)

From Brazil,  Journal do Surdo

This video shows the Deaf News. Deaf children present a news program about environmental matters. They give us information about ecological facts in our planet. Recycling is also a subject they discuss. They teach us how to recycle. They also teach us how to reduce, reuse and recycle.  (Translated by Walter and Patricia Castro)



This is a video from Jehanne McCullough about her visit to a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Cairo, Egypt.

Jehanne meets the manager and workers of the restaurant. They discuss that she is from the USA.  The manager has been in the USA in the past. He has worked at the restaurant for 13 years.  Jehanne asks how many deaf people work at KFC. He said there are 12.

The manager shows some Egyptian signs for chicken, French fries, Deaf KFC, soft drinks, ketchup, ILY-- I love you, Cairo and Aswan (cities in Egypt), and Abu Simbel (a historical site near Aswan).