September 2018

Disability Resource Library September Newsletter

Deaf Awareness Week is recognized the last week of September. This weeklong observation is commemorated throughout the world with various activities: marches, debates, campaigns, exhibits, and more. Would you like to know how West Virginia is celebrating Deaf Awareness Week? Visit West Virginia Hands and Voices for more information.

Featured Resources

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Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children book cover

By Daria Medwid and Denise Chapman Weston

For the parents of thousands of deaf and hard of hearing children, this step-by-step guide offers hundreds of ideas and methods that work with children ages 3 to 12. It provides scores of play activities to help parents enhance communication, solve problems, and strengthen relationships in skillful, fun ways.

Check out Kid-Friendly Parenting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

Signing Time Preschool and Child Care Program (Deaf Curriculum)

By Signing Time Academy

When children's hands are moving, their minds are learning! Signing benefits children of all ages and abilities. In this hands-on learning kit we have: 1. Teacher's Guide, 2. Baby Signing Time DVDs, 3. Baby Signing Time Music CDs, 4. Resource CD, 5. Sign Reference poster. This is a wonderful educational tool to enlighten young children.

Check out Signing Time Preschool and Child Care Program.

Getting it Right - Etiquette Tips (DVD)

Getting it Right

By Rocky Mountain ADA Center

How do you talk to someone who uses an interpreter? Should you ever say "See you later" to someone who is blind or "Did you hear that?" to someone who is deaf? Join Ned, Ted, Beth and Jeff as they discover the answers to these questions and many more by attending a disability etiquette training session. Six scenes are included that highlight interaction with people with various disabilities. These scenes will give you some basic guidelines on how to interact with people with different types of disabilities.

Check out Getting it Right

El Deafo

cover El Deafo

By Cece Bell

A 2015 Newbery Honor Book Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

Check out El Deafo.

Vibrating Fiber Optic Light

Activate your switch and see vibrating fiber optic strings swirl and reflect changing colors of red, green, blue and purple.

Navigation Tips

Most of us take the ability to move in our home and community for granted, but for someone with a disability, even the smallest step on a curb can prevent them from accessing normal places. Being mobile enhances a child's ability to learn, interact with others, and participate in the community. A variety of mobility aids and devices are available to provide support, motion and access, as well as assist them in leading active and fulfilling lives. Contact the WV Assistive Technology Program at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities for more information.

A Child's Champion

photo of Pam Roush

This month's Child's Champion is Pam Roush. Pam is the Director of West Virginia's Birth to Three Program, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Pam is dedicated to assuring that all families of eligible children under age three can get the services and support they need to help them support their young children. Her team is currently working with families, practitioners, service coordinators and Regional Administrative Units in a variety of projects through their State Systems Improvement Plan (SSIP) – all designed to help practitioners and service coordinators know how to effectively support families and their children. West Virginia Birth to Three helps eligible families develop outcomes they want to see for their child, and then teaches them how to help their child achieve those outcomes. A quote that keeps Pam going is from Mother Teresa - “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.”

West Virginia's Birth to Three Program can be reached by phone at 800-642-8522 or email at