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Gallaudet University Midwest Regional Center at John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road, Carterville, Illinois 62918 www.jalc.edu/gurc
Make reading fun and accessibleâ€”the Shared Reading Project way The Clerc Center's Shared Reading Project (SRP) is a nationally acclaimed program designed to teach parents and other caregivers how to read to their deaf and hard of hearing children using American Sign Language (ASL) and how to use strategies to make book sharing more effective. The Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success training is designed to prepare site coordinators to establish the SRP at their own schools, programs, local libraries or community centers. The Clerc Center will be offering its comprehensive three-day training, The Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success, at Deaf Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri from March 27-29, 2012. Workshop participants will be introduced to all facets of setting up a program-from setting up the location, training tutors for home visits, communicating with parents and caregivers, setting up an SRP book bag lending library, and suggesting ideas for sound financial management. One past SRP workshop participant expressed the experience this way, the training on "how to establish an SRP site really equipped me to begin a SRP program in my school. I was challenged...and provided with opportunities and strategies to work with tutors, families, administrators, and funding resources." Since the inception of SRP in the early 1990's schools and programs across the country have set up sites using a wide variety of formats to suit the needs of their local areas and school systems. For example, Barb DiGi in Miami-Dade County in Florida funds an SRP for 22 families where 461 students are enrolled in mainstreaming programs for the deaf and hard of hearing. An SRP site in Washington State created a video outreach project using videoconferencing to help reach families across a broad geographic area. SRP sites are currently located in 31 locations in 22 states and the District of Columbia.