Special Services
Program for the Deaf
Lamar County Regional Day School Program for the Deaf SSA
North Lamar ISD is the fiscal agent for the Lamar County Regional Day School Program for the Deaf. Member districts include North Lamar (fiscal agent), Prairiland, Roxton, Chisum, Western Red River SSA, Clarksville, Paris and Cooper ISD. The program serves auditorily impaired students birth through age 22. Wendy Fleming (lead teacher) and Becky Jones are deaf education instructors. In addition, Lamar County Regional Day School for the Deaf employees six full time communication assistants and interpreters.
Classroom interpreting is more than just knowing how to sign competently. Interpreters must process language quickly and accurately, and they must think about spoken English and sign language simultaneously. Interpreting is also about being able to support the educational goals and outcomes as defined by the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Helpful Links
Sign Language Alphabet and Numbers
A good place to start learning sign language is with the alphabet and basic numbers. Just like in English, words can be spelled out in sign language using the alphabet.
Women signing
Online Video Dictionary
Most signs use a specific hand shape and move in a certain way. It can be very hard to learn sign language from a book because the pictures in a book do not show the movement of the signs. ASLPro is a website with an online video dictionary that will show how each sign is formed. Click the link to go straight to the dictionary page: http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi.

Man signing
Online Picture Dictionary
Dr. Bill Vicars created LifePrint to help people wanting to learn more about sign language and Deaf culture. Go to http://www.lifeprint.com and click on any word in the left-hand column to see the sign. Dr. Vicars will show you as many pictures as needed so you know how to make all parts of the sign.

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