Thousands of families in the Northwest have been touched by Signing Time, the hit PBS show that introduced American Sign Language to children across the Nation. Now, for the first time, these families will be able to come and see her perform, live in Portland, Oregon. During her stay in the Portland Metro Area, Coleman will also be speaking to a group of high school American Sign Language Students in Vancouver, Washington.
Portland’s Signing Time Academy Instructors under their Northwest Associate Director, Carissa Martos are proud to announce that Emmy-nominated Rachel Coleman, host of Signing Time, will be performing for children and families in Portland this spring. The Signing Time Foundation Community Event on April 2nd will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Franklin High School in Southeast Portland. Info and tickets are available at Portland.NWRachelEvents.com. The event will be interpreted in American Sign Language for our Deaf and Hard-of Hearing patrons.
Coleman, who co-created Signing Time as a means to teach children of all abilities how to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL), has seen firsthand the miracles that can come from using sign language. As the mother of a daughter who is deaf, and another who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida, Coleman has spent the last few years making sign language fun and accessible for all children through the Signing Time series. Whether used by a pre-verbal infant, a non-verbal child with disabilities, or a family who simply wants to learn ASL as a second language, Signing Time reaches children with diverse learning styles and encourages interaction through signing, singing, speaking and moving.
For the past seven years, Signing Time has been dedicated to proving the benefits and positive impact of sign language on children of all abilities. While most people regard sign language as something only for the Deaf community, thousands of parents are seeing that all children can accelerate their language and reading development through the unique blend of sign language, written word, song and video modeling used in Signing Time.
This event is only made possible through ticket sales, company sponsors and individual donors. Also essential are the volunteers who will be giving their time and energy. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Signing Time Foundation. Donations made online or at the concert will also benefit the Signing Time Foundation, and will be tax-deductible.
About the Signing Time Foundation:
Signing Time was developed based on her personal experiences. Rachel has seen firsthand the benefits of signing with ALL children, not only for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, and is committed to making ASL easily accessible to all families through the Signing Time series. The Signing Time Foundation (a 501 (c)(3) non-profit) is dedicated to making sign language fun and accessible to all children, creating a world in which all children can express themselves and be understood. For more information, please visit http://www.signingtimefoundation.org/.
Carissa Martos is the mother of, and advocate for, two children with special needs. She was also the full-time live-in caregiver for a brother with paraplegia for twelve months, and now helps to oversee his care and affairs as best as she is able. She sellls Signing Time Products for babies, children and families in Portland, Oregon.