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Hooked On Books Workshop in Pennsylvania

If you are interested in Reading and Literacy, then join —Getting HOOKED ON BOOKS: About School!  This Family Workshop will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the WPSD/Scranton School Outreach Center. (click here for flyer)​  Children, parents, family members and friends are invited to share a morning of storytelling, sign language practice, hands-on activities, and tips that empower parents as their child’s most important teacher.

This workshop will spotlight amazing books, including: My School Day, The Gingerbread Man, Loose in the School, and If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DONT.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn new signs, enjoy storytelling, complete some projects with your children, and take your new skills home along with some good books to read!  Don’t miss this day of fun and learning with your child!

You are invited to:

  • Learn ways to support your child in emergency situations
  • Learn techniques you can use to enhance your child’s understanding and language
  • Learn strategies for reading and communication to support success
  • Share and learn storytelling techniques
  • Participate in family learning activities
  • Enjoy snacks and socialize with other families

 If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jessica Marks at jmarks@wpsd.org. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

 

 

New ASL Tutoring Service Available

Your child can now get after school tutoring in many subjects, math, science, ASL with tutoring delivered in ASL online in your home.

Veditz is the first online, mobile, on-demand and live interactive video chat tutoring platform for the Deaf regardless of where they are or what device they are using.

Learn more about this new service at www.veditz.org

 

Veditz Flyer

Welcome Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc.

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ASDC welcomes our newest Organizational Member, the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. (IDRT).  IDRT is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and service providers through research and development, training, technical assistance, and advocacy.  Although their work benefits people with all disabilities, they specialize in research and development efforts on behalf of children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing.  They have particular expertise in the development of American Sign Language accessible computer software and other assistive technology products.

For more information about IDRT visit their website at www.idrt.com

 

Albert Pujols “Pinch Hits” to Support 20th Anniversary of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide For Differently-Abled Kids®

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The World’s Greatest Toy Store® Teams Up with Baseball World Champion and Proud Father to Continue Special Needs Advocacy Efforts and Backing #ToysforAll

 

WAYNE, NJ – August 19, 2014 – Toys“R”Us® today announced the release of its 20th Anniversary edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. Now in its second decade of annual publication, the complimentary shopping guide is a go-to for families, friends and caregivers involved in the special needs community, and is available in Toys“R”Us® and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide, as well as online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbledin both English and Spanish. This year, Toys“R”Us is teaming up with baseball World Champion, proud father and special needs advocate, Albert Pujols, who appears on the cover alongside Cameron Withers, a 5-year-old boy from Los Angeles.

 

While Pujols is known for his passion on the diamond, his dedication to the special needs community is even greater. As a parent to a daughter with Down syndrome, Pujols serves as a vocal advocate for children with special needs through the Pujols Family Foundation. Since 2005, the Pujols Family Foundation has worked diligently to provide children and families living with Down syndrome with the tools they need to thrive. As part of the launch of this year’s Guide, Pujols will bring that same devotion to his partnership with Toys“R”Us in helping to reach its customers nationwide and raise awareness of this one-of-a-kind resource.

 

“As a proud dad to my beautiful daughter, Bella, who lives with Down syndrome, I understand how important it is to have resources like the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids to help in making informed choices to support a child’s development. And, as a professional athlete, I truly value the importance of play and recognize the impact it has in the lives of children who face everyday challenges – for these kids, playtime is not just about fun, it’s an opportunity to explore their strengths and experience success in reaching each new milestone,” said nine-time All-Star baseball player, Albert Pujols. “I have a tremendous amount of passion for this cause, and I’m excited to partner with Toys“R”Us to make it easier for gift-givers to find toys for the special needs children in their lives that will inspire their imagination, encourage inclusive play and help them develop new skills.”

 

Trusted Toy Recommendations Tailored to Children’s Individual Abilities

 

Serving as a trusted resource for family, friends and caregivers of children with special needs, the Guide is packed with everyday playthings selected for their unique ability to help kids build critical skills, such as creativity, fine and gross motor and self-esteem, during playtime. Each of the toys featured in the 63-page buying guide has been vetted in partnership with the National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making play accessible for children of all abilities.

 

To equip parents with targeted recommendations as they set out in selecting a toy for their child’s specific set of abilities, each toy in the Guide is paired with skill-building icons, which help users easily identify the playthings that are most suitable for the child they’re shopping for. The following are examples of toys featured in the 2014 Guide, highlighted by the skill they promote:

 

  • AuditoryBaby Einstein Octoplush from Kids II®
  • CreativityMega Bloks Build ‘n Learn Table from MEGA® Brands
  • Fine MotorHot Wheels KidPicks Super 6-in-1 Track Set from Mattel®
  • Gross MotorMonster Dirt Diggers from Little Tikes®
  • LanguageDoctor Role Play Set from Melissa & Doug®
  • Self EsteemClassic Doodler with 2 Stampers from Fisher-Price®
  • Social SkillsElefun & Friends Chasin’ Cheeky from Hasbro®
  • TactileCyclone from Radio Flyer®
  • ThinkingConnect & Create Geometric Set from Imaginarium
  • VisualMarker Maker from Crayola®

 

“For two decades, the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids has been a valuable resource for parents looking to find toys that help build specific skills for their children,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman, Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “We’re honored to partner with Albert Pujols in our goal to bring joy to children of all abilities. Toys“R”Us has a long-standing commitment to ensuring tools like the guide are accessible and available for parents and children everywhere.”

 

Through the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has long supported the special needs community through organizations such as: American Society for Deaf Children, Autism Speaks, the Pujols Family Foundation, HollyRod Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Down Syndrome Society, National Lekotek Center, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Special Olympics, Spina Bifida Association and United Cerebral Palsy.For more information, please visit www.toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/

 

Shopping the Guide, In-Store, Online and On-the-Go

 

Those who prefer to browse online can take advantage of the shop-by-skill option at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. Customers can narrow their toy selection by focusing on a specific skill to refine their search. Shoppers can also view the Guide via their smartphone by scanning the QR code featured on dedicated signage located at their Toys“R”Us store’s Customer Service Desk. Those searching for mobile apps can also download the official Toys“R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Using the same skills criteria featured within the traditional Guide, the App Guide provides a convenient, on-the-go resource for viewing, researching and comparing mobile apps designed to build individual development skills for children of all ages. All apps featured within this helpful resource can be found in the App Store for iOS or the Google Play Store for Android.

 

In addition to finding toy recommendations, parents can peruse the Guide’s “Top Ten Tips for Buying Toys,” prepared by the National Lekotek Center, as well as “Safe Play Tips for Children with Special Needs,” which were created based on research collected from leading safety and special needs organizations, to help avoid playtime injuries.