Functional literacy is a critical access point for Deaf individuals to the non-Deaf world.
Due to the difference in the way Deaf children learn using visual and natural communication modes as opposed to verbal ones, Deaf children often struggle with English language literacy. Literacy proficiency for Deaf children that is on a par with their hearing peers is a real and achievable possibility.
Deaf Alberta’s Student Literacy Program attempts to level the field. Elementary school children who have not reached acceptable test scores are provided with a skilled, qualified tutor to work with them on a one-on-one basis to improve their comprehension of written English. Tutors are culturally Deaf and instruct using American Sign Language.
Tutoring takes place either during school hours or in the student’s home. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged and the tutors are prepared to offer strategies to parents to reinforce learning at home.
For more information about the student literacy program, please contact Cindy Pilz, Manager of Deaf Services, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This video is provided courtesy of the Canadian Association of the Deaf, in partnership with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. It is portrayed in both ASL and captioning.