News

August 9th, 2017

Friday, October 6th 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Edgewood County Club 100 Churchill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 ~~~~~ Proceeds from the 2017 Auction & Gala directly support the expansion of the Children’s Center at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Serving our youngest students, the Children’s Center prepares children from ages 3 – 6 for a lifetime of learning and future success in school.   Please choose your level of support from the options below.  We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Auction & Gala in…  Read More »

June 21st, 2017

The spring 2017 edition of The Western Pennsylvanian and BearTracks are in circulation.  Have you had a chance to enjoy the recent news about events and happenings at WPSD and The Scranton School? The WPAN features articles Read Across America, the BotsIQ competition, Family Literacy Workshop, Chess Team, Pi Day, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. In BearTracks, readers will find articles about Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, 100th Day of School, an Evening at the Scranton School and much, much more. Click on the cover each magazine…  Read More »

June 19th, 2017

Research indicates that using fingerspelling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children at an early age can support their reading and writing development. Fingerspelling is an important aspect of American Sign Language (ASL) and is highly recommended for expanding vocabulary development. Much like hearing children imitate speech, develop babbling and then eventually the spoken word, Deaf and Hard of Hearing children imitate signs and fingerspelling, develop “babbling” (an approximation) and then eventually the signed or fingerspelled word. Children should be encouraged to start fingerspelling at…  Read More »

June 19th, 2017

At WPSD, ASL classes go beyond sign language instruction.  Our instructors not only teach signing language skills, but they also promote an understanding of Deaf Culture through interaction with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Classes are taught at four skill levels: ASL 1 – Students will develop basic finger spelling, vocabulary and grammar skills.  Discussion of Deaf Culture and interactions with the Deaf Community will be key components of this course. ASL 2 – This course is designed to expand expressive and receptive vocabulary…  Read More »

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