The National ASL and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education is a non-profit organization of professionals who are dedicated to the development, management, and coordination of ASL and English bilingual early childhood programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families.
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Our goals are...
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The 8th ECE Summit in Rochester, NY will be happening this coming April 2017. Deadline for registration has been extended to March 15th. For more information... check out: http://www.bilingualece.org/summit.html
Deafness: Where are the 90%?
Shortly after Nyle DiMarco won the coveted mirror ball a NY Times post entitled Parents of Deaf Children, Stuck in the Middle of an Argument began making the rounds on Facebook. There was a beautiful picture of Nyle DiMarco and Peta as click bait for the reader but it wasn’t an article applauding Nyle’s accomplishment, no, it was another article bemoaning the fact that an unaided, unimplanted individual is finding successes and in turn perpetuating the great divide between parents who choose sign language and parents who do not. To read more... check out:
Webcast: Maximizing Language Acquisition: ASL and Spoken Language
This webcast provides an evidence-based rationale for supporting language acquisition in both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Experienced professionals in deaf education discuss the important ingredients essential to learning language as well as common misconceptions that tend to drive language and communication practices. Designed for professionals involved in early intervention, this webcast highlights how evidence points to use of an ASL and spoken English bilingual approach (sometimes referred to as a bimodal bilingual approach) as beneficial for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Accompanying the webcast is a comprehensive reference list to support the information shared. References related to this webcast can be found at:
Save the Date
The 2017 National ASL and Bilingual Early Childhood Education summit will be hosted at Rochester School for the Deaf in Rochester, NY on April 6-8th, 2017.
Greetings from Rochester, NY! My name is Susan C. Searls, I am the director of the Early Childhood Program here at Rochester School for the Deaf. I am Julie Shahin. I am a preschool teacher here at RSD. The both of us are thrilled to announce that we will host the next ASL and English Bilingual Summit in 2017.
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