Literacy for Us: Developing a Foundation for Literacy in Children with Deaf-Blindness

by Dana Stewart Kline on Apr 23, 2017
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The “Literacy for Us” video resource is built on the premise that literacy opportunities surround us. A major part of the role of families and educators is to recognize these opportunities and make them accessible for children with deaf-blindness. Literacy begins at birth and goes hand-in-hand with communication development. Early literacy learning not only helps infants and toddlers expand their communication, it also supports their social and emotional development. 

This video was created for families of children with deaf-blindness (specifically children with complex sensory, physical, or developmental challenges). It defines five building blocks essential for establishing a solid foundation for literacy, and illustrates literacy-related strategies and activities that families can incorporate in the home.

Information About the Video Developer
For the past several years, Dana Stewart Kline has worked at the Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) as the liaison between the Delaware Statewide Deaf-Blind Program and DSD, providing direct services to the students with deaf-blindness (aged 18 months to 21 years) and TA to the staff who work with them. She is a 2017 graduate of Gallaudet University, where she earned a master's degree in School Counseling and a graduate certificate in Deaf & Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership. Dana's passion for advocacy and social justice inspires her work with children with deaf-blindness and their families. 

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