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Walk on Over to Deaf Culture Cheri Sinnott & Morgan Hansen Illinois Service Resource Center

Starting Points What kinds of deaf culture lessons/activities are working well for you? What challenges do you face with developing/presenting deaf culture lessons?

Step 1: ISRC Library ISRC library has an expanding collection of over 1200 items, including books, videotapes, audiotapes, test kits and games on a variety of topics Items are mailed to you with free return postage Items can be requested via e-mail (, via phone (847-559-8195) or via fax (847-5598199)

Step 2: Deaf Culture Resources Available in ISRC Library Deaf Culture Reading List Resources of interest: – Day by Day: The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing Reporter (Book) – Deaf Studies and ASL PowerPoints (CD-ROM) – Introduction to American Deaf Culture (Set of VHS tapes & workbooks) – Let’s Learn About Deafness (Curriculum) – Living Legends I & II (Books) – Movers and Shakers (Student Book & Teacher’s Guide) – Through Deaf Eyes (Book)

Step 2: ISRC Deaf Culture Resources (cont) Picture books about deafness or featuring D/HH characters – Can You Hear a Rainbow? by Jamee Riggio Heelan – Dina the Deaf Dinosaur by Carole Addabbo – Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman – Moses Goes to School by Isaac Millman – Some Kids are Deaf by Lola M. Schaefer – You DEAF? by Linda McLaughlin

Novels featuring D/HH characters – The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk – Deaf Child Crossing by Marlee Matlin – Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby – Leading Ladies by Marlee Matlin – Nobody’s Perfect by Marlee Matlin – Rally Caps by Stephen Cutler – Read My Lips by Teri Brown

Step 3: Online Resources

Gallaudet University Library Guide to Deaf Biographies ( Gallaudet University Library FAQ about Famous Deaf People ( World Around You from Clerc Center at Gallaudet ( Deaf Friends International – Biographies of Famous Deaf People ( Eugene and Inez Peterson Collection ( Deaf.Com ( Deaf Education (

Step 4: Brainstorming What topics could be included in a deaf culture unit? – – – – – – – –

Types of Hearing Loss Communication Modes Famous D/HH People Deaf Community Jobs for D/HH Individuals Challenges of Having a Hearing Loss Living with your Hearing Loss Family and Hearing Loss

Step 4: Brainstorming (cont) What types of activities might you include in a deaf culture unit? – – – – – – – – – – –

Brainstorming Book walk Interview Nonverbal representation (art, music, etc) Poster presentation PowerPoint creation Make a movie/video Photojournalism Novel study KWL Stations

Step 6: Work Time Form groups, select a deaf culture topic, and develop a lesson plan Lesson plans will be typed by presenters, e-mailed to participants, and be made available on the ISRC website (

Contact Us Cheri Sinnott

Morgan Hansen

Illinois Service Resource Center 3444 W Dundee Rd Northbrook, IL 60062 Phone 847-559-8195 Fax 847-559-8199 Website

Deaf Culture Presentation  

Presentation for 2010 Illinois Teachers of Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf Individuals (ITHI) Conference. Participants were shown resources availab...