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FREE Father's Day Cards

<p>It's not too late to get your cards ready for Father's Day! We got 3 different designs so you can pick your favorite or choose them all! Download, print and let your creativity run wild! Available in either JPG or PDF format!</p> <p><strong>*We highly suggest you download on a computer with access to printer*</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Choose your format: JPG in first row, PDF in second row</p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Father's Day #1</td> <td>Father's Day #2</td> <td>Father's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Father's Day #1</td> <td>Father's Day #2</td> <td>Father's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <h4 style="text-align: right;"><strong>(Click on the image you would like then right click to save to your computer)</strong></h4>

FREE Mother's Day Cards!

<p>It's never too early to get your cards ready for Mother's Day! We got 3 different designs so you can pick your favorite or choose them all! Download, print and let your creativity run wild! Available in either JPG or PDF format!</p> <p><strong>*We highly suggest you download on a computer with access to printer*</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Choose your format: JPG in first row, PDF in second row</p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Mother's Day #1</td> <td>Mother's Day #2</td> <td>Mother's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Mother's Day #1</td> <td>Mother's Day #2</td> <td>Mother's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <h4 style="text-align: right;"><strong>(Click on the image you would like then right click to save to your computer)</strong></h4>

DawnSignPress Celebrates National Children's Book Week!

<p><strong>DawnSignPress Celebrates Children’s Book Week by Giving Away American Sign Language Books at Local Library </strong></p> <p>26 April, 2018, San Diego, CA - Media and Publishing House, DawnSignPress will introduce American Sign Language through their popular baby board books at the Rancho San Diego Library during the toddler and preschool story hours Tuesday, May 1 at 10:15am and 11:15am respectively. </p> <p>In honor of Children’s Book Week and to promote greater understanding between Deaf and hearing children, DawnSignPress is making this gesture to introduce ASL and to help pre-verbal babies and toddlers communicate with their caregivers. DawnSignPress will provide free books from their ASL Babies series to all families that attend. </p> <p>American Sign Language (ASL) use is growing rapidly in this country. President of DawnSignPress, Joe Dannis, would like to see young children among those who are learning some signs. </p> <p>Dannis said in a recent statement: “Our children’s library program is a simple way for parents and young children to bond by learning something new together. It’s great to see the faces of the children and adults, as they’re being introduced to this beautiful language. It’s also proven that youngsters who learn to sign have a reduction in frustration levels and an increase in developmental skills. With our baby board books and video series, Once Upon A Sign, families have fun learning ASL together. </p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress:</strong> DawnSignPress is a media and publishing house that creates, develops, produces, publishes and distributes quality American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture-related materials. DawnSignPress is on the cutting edge of the educational, cultural, and social trends in the Deaf world. Deaf-owned and operated, DawnSignPress produces materials that raise standards in ASL education, break new ground in ASL literature and the arts, and preserve the unique and rich contributions of the Deaf and signing community. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.dawnsign.com" target="_blank">www.dawnsign.com</a>. </p> <p>For more information, contact Susan Gold, <a href="mailto:susan@susangoldconsulting.com?Subject=DSP%20Press%20Releases" target="_top">susan@susangoldconsulting.com</a> </p>

DawnSignPress Offers 100 Signs for Emergencies to Nation's Emergency Service Units

<p><strong>DawnSignPress Offers 100 Signs for Emergencies to Nation’s Emergency Service Units </strong></p> <p>February 20, 2018, San Diego, CA - Media and Publishing House, DawnSignPress will offer for free their American Sign Language publication, 100 Signs for Emergencies to every Emergency Service Unit in the country through the end of March 2018. </p> <p>In a move to promote greater understanding between Deaf and hearing communities, DawnSign is making this gesture with the hope that communities may join to realize they are one. </p> <p>American Sign Language (ASL) use is growing rapidly in this country. President of DawnSignPress, Joe Dannis, would like to see emergency responders among those who are learning some signs. </p> <p>Dannis said in a recent statement: “Past misunderstandings, some that led to fatal tragedy, could be avoided if we learn a little more about each other. 100 Signs for Emergencies is a simple pocket-sized pamphlet designed to help first responders communicate basic concepts in American Sign Language.” </p> <p>DawnSignPress is offering the pamphlet free to every Emergency Service Unit making the request during the month of February while supplies last. Send your email request to contactus@dawnsign.com, or call 858 625 0600 to request your copy. Use “Help with Signs” in the subject line. </p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress:</strong> DawnSignPress is a media and publishing house that creates, develops, produces, publishes and distributes quality American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture-related materials. DawnSign is on the cutting edge of the educational, cultural, and social trends in the Deaf world. Deaf-owned and operated, DawnSign produces materials that raise standards in ASL education, break new ground in ASL literature and the arts, and preserve the unique and rich contributions of the Deaf and signing community. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.dawnsign.com" target="_blank">www.dawnsign.com</a>. </p> <p>For more information, contact Susan Gold, <a href="mailto:susan@susangoldconsulting.com?Subject=DSP%20Press%20Releases" target="_top">susan@susangoldconsulting.com</a> </p>

Scribblitt and DawnSignPress work together in celebration of International Week of the Deaf!

<p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Andrea Bergstein, Scribblitt                                    Josef Harrison, DawnSignPress<a href="mailto:andrea@scribblitt.com"></a></p> <p><a href="mailto:andrea@scribblitt.com">andrea@scribblitt.com</a>                                            josefh@dawnsign.com </p> <p><a href="http://www.scribblitt.com">http://www.scribblitt.com</a>                                       <a href="http://www.dawnsign.com">http://www.dawnsign.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>SCRIBBLITT<sup>TM</sup> AND DAWNSIGNPRESS BRING HEARING AND DEAF CHILDREN TOGETHER IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF</strong><em> <br /></em></p> <p><em>Charlotte, VT and San Diego, CA - September 19, 2016 --</em></p> <p>Scribblitt and DawnSignPress are joining together to offer a writing contest for school-aged children nationwide in support of International Week of the Deaf. Kids create a short story with a modern-day fairytale theme. The grand prize contest winner will have his/her story published in hardcover by Scribblitt, translated into American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf kids and filmed in ASL. Ten other winners will have their stories published in hardcover by Scribblitt and receive a “Once Upon a Sign” video from DawnSignPress. </p> <p>The idea for this contest came from a common goal of providing tools that help kids improve their communication skills. </p> <p>“I hope the collaborative contest with Scribblitt will help improve awareness of American Sign Language and bring hearing and Deaf children together just as our award-winning children’s video series ‘Once Upon a Sign’ has,” says Joe Dannis, President of DawnSignPress. The company is offering a free viewing of “Jack and the Beanstalk” from the “Once Upon a Sign” series in connection with International Week of the Deaf. To watch “Jack and the Beanstalk” between 9/19/16 and 9/25/16, go to <a href="https://vimeo.com/182867768" target="_blank">VIMEO</a> and use the password, IWD2016. </p> <p>Teachers can access this video and some unique writing and illustration tools on <a href="http://www.scribblitt.com" target="_blank">Scribblitt.com</a> to engage their students in a writing assignment or to enter this writing contest. </p> <p>“We are thrilled to help spark creativity in all young authors, Deaf and hearing, in school or out, to write and publish their own books,” says Scribblitt founder, Andrea Bergstein. “We hope that teachers will use this opportunity to tie together lessons in writing and editing with building awareness for American Sign Language and Deaf culture.” </p> <p>The contest launches via Scribblitt.com on September 19<sup> </sup>in honor of International Week of the Deaf and continues through December 15.<sup>.</sup> Winners will be announced on or around January 16, 2017. To enter simply register for a free account at Scribblitt.com, login, write a story in “Write itt” and enter the story on the Scribblitt contest page. </p> <p><strong>For contest rules, click <a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/Scribblitt_DawnSignPress_Contest.Rules.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Scribblitt.com</span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Scribblitt provides kids an online space and tools to help them write, illustrate and publish their own professionally printed hardcover books. For every book published, Scribblitt donates a book to a child in need.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About DawnSignPress</span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>DawnSignPress</em></strong><strong> publishes American Sign Language educational materials and looks to increase awareness of ASL and Deaf culture by bringing hearing and Deaf together to enjoy ASL.</strong></p>

Learning American Sign Language

<p>American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages of study in the United States for a variety of reasons. What could be some of the reasons why people want and decide to learn ASL? </p> <p>The reasons vary widely from personal to professional. Most of the ASL students give their reason as “wanting to be able to communicate” with their Deaf relative, neighbor, or co-worker.</p> <p>High schools offer ASL as a foreign language study along with Spanish, Japanese, and other languages. Taking ASL meets the high school graduation requirements for a foreign language. Some of the students take ASL because they think it improves their acting abilities or enhances their visual acuity. There have been reports that students take ASL because they wanted to date someone who was Deaf. Sometimes students who have been recognized as mainly visual learners think studying ASL will benefit them. Some of those students always wanted to learn more ASL since learning fingerspelling as a child.</p> <p>College students are required to take a foreign language and many consider ASL an interesting choice. Serious students of ASL may even choose their college to major in Deaf Studies, or Deaf Education. Those who continue to study ASL and Deaf Culture may eventually decide on careers that involve the ability to speak ASL such as teachers of deaf students or community/educational interpreters.</p> <p> Sometimes professionals like EMTs, police, firemen, or emergency responders decide to learn ASL because it will enhance their ability to communicate with Deaf people they come across in their dealings with the public.<br />Parents with newly-identified Deaf babies and Deaf children could decide to study ASL as the language of choice for their family. Parents believe that speaking ASL is a sure way for their Deaf child to acquire language, and fluent ASL is a wonderful path to eventually acquire English as a second language. Teaching ASL signs to hearing babies has also become a proven way to increase early communication between parents and babies and is more widespread and popular than ever.</p> <p> Clearly, there is more than one reason why students take ASL. People take ASL for fun or necessity, and get a glimpse into a fascinating culture with the prospect of meeting people they might not meet in their daily lives.</p>

History of American Sign Language

<p>Although the first record of a signed language was in the early 17th century, signed languages probably existed as long as there were civilizations. Sign languages had existed whenever there were deaf people.</p> <p>Even though American Sign Language (ASL) has strong roots in French Sign Language, it is deeply influenced by many events preceding the more formalized sign languages that flourished since the 1700’s. The most prominent event was the publication of <em>Sign Language Structure</em> in 1965 by William Stokoe, a linguist, showing that ASL was a bona-fide language.</p> <p>The first known book on sign language was published in 1620 by Juan Pablo de Bonet. While a treaty for teaching “mute people to speak,” Bonet’s book also published a manual alphabet to improve communication with deaf students.</p> <p>In 1755, Abbe Charles-Michel de l’Epee of Paris founded the first public (free) school in Paris for deaf students. Many of l’Epee’s disciples founded schools for deaf students in their respective countries throughout Europe using the <em>Langue des Signes Francaise </em>(LSF).</p> <p>In 1815, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet travelled to Europe to study methods for teaching Deaf students. At a public demonstration in England, Gallaudet met Abbe Roch-Ambroise Sicard and Jean Massieu who then invited him to visit their school in Paris.</p> <p>While in Paris learning the teaching methods using LSF, Gallaudet asked Laurent Clerc – a deaf teacher who was also a graduate of the school -- to come to America and help him set up a school for deaf students. Laurent Clerc accepted Gallaudet’s invitation to travel to America. During the 60 days of sailing to America, Gallaudet taught Clerc English while Clerc taught Gallaudet LSF. (<a title="Laurent Clerc" href="http://www.dawnsign.com/products/details/sign-me-alice-laurent-clerc-a-profile-two-deaf-plays" target="_blank">Laurent Clerc, A Profile</a>)</p> <p>In 1817, Gallaudet and Clerc opened the first of their schools in Connecticut. It was called the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now called the American School for the Deaf) in Hartford. By the end of the first year, there were 31 students from various New England cities which included students from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Henniker, New Hampshire.</p> <p>Martha’s Vineyard and Henniker were two full-fledged communities where deaf and hearing residents of the island were communicating in a form of signed language. “Among the possible sources of the present American Sign Language would be Clerc’s LSF, the homesigns students brought from home and from some small scattered Deaf communities, pantomime, and new signs generated in the setting of the school.” (<a title="A Journey into the Deaf-World" href="http://www.dawnsign.com/products/details/a-journey-into-the-deaf-world" target="_blank">Journey to the Deaf World</a>).</p> <p>Today’s ASL was thus strongly influenced by the American School for the Deaf (ASD). Deaf students who graduated from ASD would go to different states to set up new schools for deaf students and would thus pass down to the next generation of deaf students the “contact language” that has become today’s ASL.</p> <p>By 1900s, the nationwide network of residential state schools was completed. Deaf people were now given the opportunity to be with other Deaf children and Deaf adults. They could share their sign language and cultural experiences without any communication barriers.  The relationships they would form in these residential schools would last a lifetime.</p> <table border="1"> <caption><strong>First ten state-supported residential schools in America</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: left;">Name of School</th> <th>Location</th> <th>Date Founded</th> </tr> <tr> <td>The American School for the Deaf</td> <td>Hartford, Conn</td> <td>1817</td> </tr> <tr> <td>New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>New York City</td> <td>1818</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pennsylvania Institution of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>Philadelphia</td> <td>1820</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kentucky School for the Deaf</td> <td>Danville</td> <td>1822</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ohio Institution for the Deaf</td> <td>Columbus</td> <td>1827</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Virginia Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>Staunton</td> <td>1839</td> </tr> <tr> <td>State of Indiana Institution for the Education of the Deaf</td> <td>Indianapolis</td> <td>1844</td> </tr> <tr> <td>The Tennessee Deaf and Dumb School</td> <td>Knoxville</td> <td>1844</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Carolina Institution for the Deaf and the Blind</td> <td>Raleigh</td> <td>1845</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Georgia School for the Deaf</td> <td>Cave Springs</td> <td>1846</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p>By the time of Clerc’s death in 1869, over 1500 students had graduated from the Hartford school, and there were 30 state-supported residential schools. In 1864, Gallaudet University -- the first college for the Deaf in the world – was founded. The establishment of residential schools and the college ensured that ASL flourished.</p> <p>Deaf adults were first hired as teachers as well as sign language models for Deaf children at school.  This was changed later, in the early 20th century, when the oralist movement had taken hold in the educational system. Alexander Graham Bell led the movement in opposing the use of sign language in the education of deaf children.  As a result, many Deaf adults were forced out of the teaching profession or demoted to being teachers of vocational classes.</p> <p>Today, the trend toward dedicated, residential education for deaf children has been replaced by a trend to integrate deaf children into local public schools. This movement became predominant after the passage of the All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (today called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]).</p> <p>Even though the long tradition of residential schools as the main centers of cultural transmission has been altered, ASL has still boomed.</p> <p>As a result of Stokoe’s 1965 linguistic study of ASL, within a short time, the perception of ASL changed from that of a broken or simplified version of English to that of a complex and thriving natural language as functional and powerful as any found in the oral languages of the world. The instruction of ASL as a “foreign language” became popular and ASL’s appeal has only grown. Currently, students can take ASL to meet their high school or college requirement of two years of foreign language study.</p> <p>The ASL in use today is a result of 195 years of deaf families and students passing down from one generation to next the language that has become one of the most used languages in the United States of America.</p>

Once Upon a Sign Wins Again!

<p>The "Once Upon a Sign" series has a new award to it's lineup! Recently, <a href="http://playonwords.com/" target="_blank">Play on Words</a> gave it's PAL award to "The New Three Little Pigs." To read their review, visit <a href="http://playonwords.com/award/2016/07/20/once-upon-a-sign-the-new-three-little-pigs-by-dawnsignpress/" target="_blank">here</a>! </p>

DawnSignPress's Once Upon a Sign wins Best of 2015 award!

<p><strong>December 1, 2015 - San Diego, CA</strong> -- DawnSignPress's Once Upon a Sign series won the Best Series of the Year Award from the Family Review Center. Once Upon a Sign stories are American Sign Language (ASL) recreations of the following classic stories: The Stone Soup, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Magic Mirror and The Three Little Pigs. </p> <p>This latest award is one in a string of accolades the Once Upon A Sign videos received, including a Kids First endorsement and Dove Foundation’s #FamilyApproved Seal. This summer, San Diego International Film Festival awarded the Best Educational Film to DawnSignPress for The Magic Mirror. Awarded with Parents’ Choice Approved, The Magic Mirror is also the winner of the Bronze Telly Award 2015.</p> <p>“I’m thrilled that Once Upon a Sign is getting recognition. It’s a big dream and goal to educate the mainstream about ASL. The more exposure to ASL, the more awareness there will be. That’s why we produced the series. The stories allow Deaf and hearing families to watch and enjoy them together,”said Joe Dannis, executive producer, Once Upon a Sign series.</p> <p><strong>About Once Upon a Sign</strong></p> <p>Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with modern themes performed by an all-Deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles. Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story. Children can delight all over again in these timeless stories with new twists. Previews of Once Upon a Sign can be viewed at www.dawnsignkids.com.  DVDs of the signed stories are now available for $15.95 each and can be purchased at www.dawnsign.com.</p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress</strong></p> <p>DawnSignPress, a Deaf-owned company, creates, develops, and publishes quality American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL. Now, with ASL’s popularity in the mainstream on a steady rise, DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. DawnSignKids is a division of DawnSignPress, which creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s ASL videos and books. For more information, visit www.DawnSign.com or www.dawnsignkids.com.</p> <address>Josef Harrison</address><address>Marketing Specialist</address><address>josefh@dawnsign.com</address>

DawnSignPress Celebrates National Children's Book Week!

<p><strong>DawnSignPress Celebrates Children’s Book Week by Giving Away American Sign Language Books at Local Library </strong></p> <p>26 April, 2018, San Diego, CA - Media and Publishing House, DawnSignPress will introduce American Sign Language through their popular baby board books at the Rancho San Diego Library during the toddler and preschool story hours Tuesday, May 1 at 10:15am and 11:15am respectively. </p> <p>In honor of Children’s Book Week and to promote greater understanding between Deaf and hearing children, DawnSignPress is making this gesture to introduce ASL and to help pre-verbal babies and toddlers communicate with their caregivers. DawnSignPress will provide free books from their ASL Babies series to all families that attend. </p> <p>American Sign Language (ASL) use is growing rapidly in this country. President of DawnSignPress, Joe Dannis, would like to see young children among those who are learning some signs. </p> <p>Dannis said in a recent statement: “Our children’s library program is a simple way for parents and young children to bond by learning something new together. It’s great to see the faces of the children and adults, as they’re being introduced to this beautiful language. It’s also proven that youngsters who learn to sign have a reduction in frustration levels and an increase in developmental skills. With our baby board books and video series, Once Upon A Sign, families have fun learning ASL together. </p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress:</strong> DawnSignPress is a media and publishing house that creates, develops, produces, publishes and distributes quality American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture-related materials. DawnSignPress is on the cutting edge of the educational, cultural, and social trends in the Deaf world. Deaf-owned and operated, DawnSignPress produces materials that raise standards in ASL education, break new ground in ASL literature and the arts, and preserve the unique and rich contributions of the Deaf and signing community. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.dawnsign.com" target="_blank">www.dawnsign.com</a>. </p> <p>For more information, contact Susan Gold, <a href="mailto:susan@susangoldconsulting.com?Subject=DSP%20Press%20Releases" target="_top">susan@susangoldconsulting.com</a> </p>

DawnSignPress Offers 100 Signs for Emergencies to Nation's Emergency Service Units

<p><strong>DawnSignPress Offers 100 Signs for Emergencies to Nation’s Emergency Service Units </strong></p> <p>February 20, 2018, San Diego, CA - Media and Publishing House, DawnSignPress will offer for free their American Sign Language publication, 100 Signs for Emergencies to every Emergency Service Unit in the country through the end of March 2018. </p> <p>In a move to promote greater understanding between Deaf and hearing communities, DawnSign is making this gesture with the hope that communities may join to realize they are one. </p> <p>American Sign Language (ASL) use is growing rapidly in this country. President of DawnSignPress, Joe Dannis, would like to see emergency responders among those who are learning some signs. </p> <p>Dannis said in a recent statement: “Past misunderstandings, some that led to fatal tragedy, could be avoided if we learn a little more about each other. 100 Signs for Emergencies is a simple pocket-sized pamphlet designed to help first responders communicate basic concepts in American Sign Language.” </p> <p>DawnSignPress is offering the pamphlet free to every Emergency Service Unit making the request during the month of February while supplies last. Send your email request to contactus@dawnsign.com, or call 858 625 0600 to request your copy. Use “Help with Signs” in the subject line. </p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress:</strong> DawnSignPress is a media and publishing house that creates, develops, produces, publishes and distributes quality American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture-related materials. DawnSign is on the cutting edge of the educational, cultural, and social trends in the Deaf world. Deaf-owned and operated, DawnSign produces materials that raise standards in ASL education, break new ground in ASL literature and the arts, and preserve the unique and rich contributions of the Deaf and signing community. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="https://www.dawnsign.com" target="_blank">www.dawnsign.com</a>. </p> <p>For more information, contact Susan Gold, <a href="mailto:susan@susangoldconsulting.com?Subject=DSP%20Press%20Releases" target="_top">susan@susangoldconsulting.com</a> </p>

Scribblitt and DawnSignPress work together in celebration of International Week of the Deaf!

<p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> <p><strong>Media Contacts:</strong></p> <p>Andrea Bergstein, Scribblitt                                    Josef Harrison, DawnSignPress<a href="mailto:andrea@scribblitt.com"></a></p> <p><a href="mailto:andrea@scribblitt.com">andrea@scribblitt.com</a>                                            josefh@dawnsign.com </p> <p><a href="http://www.scribblitt.com">http://www.scribblitt.com</a>                                       <a href="http://www.dawnsign.com">http://www.dawnsign.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>SCRIBBLITT<sup>TM</sup> AND DAWNSIGNPRESS BRING HEARING AND DEAF CHILDREN TOGETHER IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF</strong><em> <br /></em></p> <p><em>Charlotte, VT and San Diego, CA - September 19, 2016 --</em></p> <p>Scribblitt and DawnSignPress are joining together to offer a writing contest for school-aged children nationwide in support of International Week of the Deaf. Kids create a short story with a modern-day fairytale theme. The grand prize contest winner will have his/her story published in hardcover by Scribblitt, translated into American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf kids and filmed in ASL. Ten other winners will have their stories published in hardcover by Scribblitt and receive a “Once Upon a Sign” video from DawnSignPress. </p> <p>The idea for this contest came from a common goal of providing tools that help kids improve their communication skills. </p> <p>“I hope the collaborative contest with Scribblitt will help improve awareness of American Sign Language and bring hearing and Deaf children together just as our award-winning children’s video series ‘Once Upon a Sign’ has,” says Joe Dannis, President of DawnSignPress. The company is offering a free viewing of “Jack and the Beanstalk” from the “Once Upon a Sign” series in connection with International Week of the Deaf. To watch “Jack and the Beanstalk” between 9/19/16 and 9/25/16, go to <a href="https://vimeo.com/182867768" target="_blank">VIMEO</a> and use the password, IWD2016. </p> <p>Teachers can access this video and some unique writing and illustration tools on <a href="http://www.scribblitt.com" target="_blank">Scribblitt.com</a> to engage their students in a writing assignment or to enter this writing contest. </p> <p>“We are thrilled to help spark creativity in all young authors, Deaf and hearing, in school or out, to write and publish their own books,” says Scribblitt founder, Andrea Bergstein. “We hope that teachers will use this opportunity to tie together lessons in writing and editing with building awareness for American Sign Language and Deaf culture.” </p> <p>The contest launches via Scribblitt.com on September 19<sup> </sup>in honor of International Week of the Deaf and continues through December 15.<sup>.</sup> Winners will be announced on or around January 16, 2017. To enter simply register for a free account at Scribblitt.com, login, write a story in “Write itt” and enter the story on the Scribblitt contest page. </p> <p><strong>For contest rules, click <a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/Scribblitt_DawnSignPress_Contest.Rules.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About Scribblitt.com</span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Scribblitt provides kids an online space and tools to help them write, illustrate and publish their own professionally printed hardcover books. For every book published, Scribblitt donates a book to a child in need.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">About DawnSignPress</span></em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>DawnSignPress</em></strong><strong> publishes American Sign Language educational materials and looks to increase awareness of ASL and Deaf culture by bringing hearing and Deaf together to enjoy ASL.</strong></p>

Once Upon a Sign Wins Again!

<p>The "Once Upon a Sign" series has a new award to it's lineup! Recently, <a href="http://playonwords.com/" target="_blank">Play on Words</a> gave it's PAL award to "The New Three Little Pigs." To read their review, visit <a href="http://playonwords.com/award/2016/07/20/once-upon-a-sign-the-new-three-little-pigs-by-dawnsignpress/" target="_blank">here</a>! </p>

DawnSignPress's Once Upon a Sign wins Best of 2015 award!

<p><strong>December 1, 2015 - San Diego, CA</strong> -- DawnSignPress's Once Upon a Sign series won the Best Series of the Year Award from the Family Review Center. Once Upon a Sign stories are American Sign Language (ASL) recreations of the following classic stories: The Stone Soup, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Magic Mirror and The Three Little Pigs. </p> <p>This latest award is one in a string of accolades the Once Upon A Sign videos received, including a Kids First endorsement and Dove Foundation’s #FamilyApproved Seal. This summer, San Diego International Film Festival awarded the Best Educational Film to DawnSignPress for The Magic Mirror. Awarded with Parents’ Choice Approved, The Magic Mirror is also the winner of the Bronze Telly Award 2015.</p> <p>“I’m thrilled that Once Upon a Sign is getting recognition. It’s a big dream and goal to educate the mainstream about ASL. The more exposure to ASL, the more awareness there will be. That’s why we produced the series. The stories allow Deaf and hearing families to watch and enjoy them together,”said Joe Dannis, executive producer, Once Upon a Sign series.</p> <p><strong>About Once Upon a Sign</strong></p> <p>Once Upon a Sign re-creates classic children’s stories with modern themes performed by an all-Deaf cast entirely in ASL with voice-over and English subtitles. Each DVD also features “Fun Signs,” a recap of key signs from the story. Children can delight all over again in these timeless stories with new twists. Previews of Once Upon a Sign can be viewed at www.dawnsignkids.com.  DVDs of the signed stories are now available for $15.95 each and can be purchased at www.dawnsign.com.</p> <p><strong>About DawnSignPress</strong></p> <p>DawnSignPress, a Deaf-owned company, creates, develops, and publishes quality American Sign Language (ASL) videos and books. After 35 years of pioneering ASL products, DawnSignPress is still on the cutting edge of the educational and social media trends relating to ASL. Now, with ASL’s popularity in the mainstream on a steady rise, DawnSignPress looks to offer quality ASL to a wider audience. DawnSignKids is a division of DawnSignPress, which creates, develops, and publishes quality children’s ASL videos and books. For more information, visit www.DawnSign.com or www.dawnsignkids.com.</p> <address>Josef Harrison</address><address>Marketing Specialist</address><address>josefh@dawnsign.com</address>

FREE Father's Day Cards

<p>It's not too late to get your cards ready for Father's Day! We got 3 different designs so you can pick your favorite or choose them all! Download, print and let your creativity run wild! Available in either JPG or PDF format!</p> <p><strong>*We highly suggest you download on a computer with access to printer*</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Choose your format: JPG in first row, PDF in second row</p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Father's Day #1</td> <td>Father's Day #2</td> <td>Father's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/FathersDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Father's Day #1</td> <td>Father's Day #2</td> <td>Father's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <h4 style="text-align: right;"><strong>(Click on the image you would like then right click to save to your computer)</strong></h4>

FREE Mother's Day Cards!

<p>It's never too early to get your cards ready for Mother's Day! We got 3 different designs so you can pick your favorite or choose them all! Download, print and let your creativity run wild! Available in either JPG or PDF format!</p> <p><strong>*We highly suggest you download on a computer with access to printer*</strong></p> <p> </p> <p>Choose your format: JPG in first row, PDF in second row</p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td> </td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Mother's Day #1</td> <td>Mother's Day #2</td> <td>Mother's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <table> <tbody> <tr align="center"> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCardP.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard2P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3.pdf" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.dawnsign.com/images/MotherDayCard3P.jpg" alt="" width="125" height="150" /></a></td> </tr> <tr align="center"> <td>Mother's Day #1</td> <td>Mother's Day #2</td> <td>Mother's Day #3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <h4 style="text-align: right;"><strong>(Click on the image you would like then right click to save to your computer)</strong></h4>

Learning American Sign Language

<p>American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages of study in the United States for a variety of reasons. What could be some of the reasons why people want and decide to learn ASL? </p> <p>The reasons vary widely from personal to professional. Most of the ASL students give their reason as “wanting to be able to communicate” with their Deaf relative, neighbor, or co-worker.</p> <p>High schools offer ASL as a foreign language study along with Spanish, Japanese, and other languages. Taking ASL meets the high school graduation requirements for a foreign language. Some of the students take ASL because they think it improves their acting abilities or enhances their visual acuity. There have been reports that students take ASL because they wanted to date someone who was Deaf. Sometimes students who have been recognized as mainly visual learners think studying ASL will benefit them. Some of those students always wanted to learn more ASL since learning fingerspelling as a child.</p> <p>College students are required to take a foreign language and many consider ASL an interesting choice. Serious students of ASL may even choose their college to major in Deaf Studies, or Deaf Education. Those who continue to study ASL and Deaf Culture may eventually decide on careers that involve the ability to speak ASL such as teachers of deaf students or community/educational interpreters.</p> <p> Sometimes professionals like EMTs, police, firemen, or emergency responders decide to learn ASL because it will enhance their ability to communicate with Deaf people they come across in their dealings with the public.<br />Parents with newly-identified Deaf babies and Deaf children could decide to study ASL as the language of choice for their family. Parents believe that speaking ASL is a sure way for their Deaf child to acquire language, and fluent ASL is a wonderful path to eventually acquire English as a second language. Teaching ASL signs to hearing babies has also become a proven way to increase early communication between parents and babies and is more widespread and popular than ever.</p> <p> Clearly, there is more than one reason why students take ASL. People take ASL for fun or necessity, and get a glimpse into a fascinating culture with the prospect of meeting people they might not meet in their daily lives.</p>

History of American Sign Language

<p>Although the first record of a signed language was in the early 17th century, signed languages probably existed as long as there were civilizations. Sign languages had existed whenever there were deaf people.</p> <p>Even though American Sign Language (ASL) has strong roots in French Sign Language, it is deeply influenced by many events preceding the more formalized sign languages that flourished since the 1700’s. The most prominent event was the publication of <em>Sign Language Structure</em> in 1965 by William Stokoe, a linguist, showing that ASL was a bona-fide language.</p> <p>The first known book on sign language was published in 1620 by Juan Pablo de Bonet. While a treaty for teaching “mute people to speak,” Bonet’s book also published a manual alphabet to improve communication with deaf students.</p> <p>In 1755, Abbe Charles-Michel de l’Epee of Paris founded the first public (free) school in Paris for deaf students. Many of l’Epee’s disciples founded schools for deaf students in their respective countries throughout Europe using the <em>Langue des Signes Francaise </em>(LSF).</p> <p>In 1815, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet travelled to Europe to study methods for teaching Deaf students. At a public demonstration in England, Gallaudet met Abbe Roch-Ambroise Sicard and Jean Massieu who then invited him to visit their school in Paris.</p> <p>While in Paris learning the teaching methods using LSF, Gallaudet asked Laurent Clerc – a deaf teacher who was also a graduate of the school -- to come to America and help him set up a school for deaf students. Laurent Clerc accepted Gallaudet’s invitation to travel to America. During the 60 days of sailing to America, Gallaudet taught Clerc English while Clerc taught Gallaudet LSF. (<a title="Laurent Clerc" href="http://www.dawnsign.com/products/details/sign-me-alice-laurent-clerc-a-profile-two-deaf-plays" target="_blank">Laurent Clerc, A Profile</a>)</p> <p>In 1817, Gallaudet and Clerc opened the first of their schools in Connecticut. It was called the Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now called the American School for the Deaf) in Hartford. By the end of the first year, there were 31 students from various New England cities which included students from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and Henniker, New Hampshire.</p> <p>Martha’s Vineyard and Henniker were two full-fledged communities where deaf and hearing residents of the island were communicating in a form of signed language. “Among the possible sources of the present American Sign Language would be Clerc’s LSF, the homesigns students brought from home and from some small scattered Deaf communities, pantomime, and new signs generated in the setting of the school.” (<a title="A Journey into the Deaf-World" href="http://www.dawnsign.com/products/details/a-journey-into-the-deaf-world" target="_blank">Journey to the Deaf World</a>).</p> <p>Today’s ASL was thus strongly influenced by the American School for the Deaf (ASD). Deaf students who graduated from ASD would go to different states to set up new schools for deaf students and would thus pass down to the next generation of deaf students the “contact language” that has become today’s ASL.</p> <p>By 1900s, the nationwide network of residential state schools was completed. Deaf people were now given the opportunity to be with other Deaf children and Deaf adults. They could share their sign language and cultural experiences without any communication barriers.  The relationships they would form in these residential schools would last a lifetime.</p> <table border="1"> <caption><strong>First ten state-supported residential schools in America</strong></caption> <tbody> <tr> <th style="text-align: left;">Name of School</th> <th>Location</th> <th>Date Founded</th> </tr> <tr> <td>The American School for the Deaf</td> <td>Hartford, Conn</td> <td>1817</td> </tr> <tr> <td>New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>New York City</td> <td>1818</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pennsylvania Institution of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>Philadelphia</td> <td>1820</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Kentucky School for the Deaf</td> <td>Danville</td> <td>1822</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ohio Institution for the Deaf</td> <td>Columbus</td> <td>1827</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Virginia Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb</td> <td>Staunton</td> <td>1839</td> </tr> <tr> <td>State of Indiana Institution for the Education of the Deaf</td> <td>Indianapolis</td> <td>1844</td> </tr> <tr> <td>The Tennessee Deaf and Dumb School</td> <td>Knoxville</td> <td>1844</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Carolina Institution for the Deaf and the Blind</td> <td>Raleigh</td> <td>1845</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Georgia School for the Deaf</td> <td>Cave Springs</td> <td>1846</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> <p>By the time of Clerc’s death in 1869, over 1500 students had graduated from the Hartford school, and there were 30 state-supported residential schools. In 1864, Gallaudet University -- the first college for the Deaf in the world – was founded. The establishment of residential schools and the college ensured that ASL flourished.</p> <p>Deaf adults were first hired as teachers as well as sign language models for Deaf children at school.  This was changed later, in the early 20th century, when the oralist movement had taken hold in the educational system. Alexander Graham Bell led the movement in opposing the use of sign language in the education of deaf children.  As a result, many Deaf adults were forced out of the teaching profession or demoted to being teachers of vocational classes.</p> <p>Today, the trend toward dedicated, residential education for deaf children has been replaced by a trend to integrate deaf children into local public schools. This movement became predominant after the passage of the All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (today called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA]).</p> <p>Even though the long tradition of residential schools as the main centers of cultural transmission has been altered, ASL has still boomed.</p> <p>As a result of Stokoe’s 1965 linguistic study of ASL, within a short time, the perception of ASL changed from that of a broken or simplified version of English to that of a complex and thriving natural language as functional and powerful as any found in the oral languages of the world. The instruction of ASL as a “foreign language” became popular and ASL’s appeal has only grown. Currently, students can take ASL to meet their high school or college requirement of two years of foreign language study.</p> <p>The ASL in use today is a result of 195 years of deaf families and students passing down from one generation to next the language that has become one of the most used languages in the United States of America.</p>

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