When you think of Wisconsin School for the Deaf and then you think of Sing and Dancing, do you think they go together?Seems like an oxymoron. Seems like perhaps I meant to type WSD signers. Maybe I meant to type Wisconsin singers. Nope, I was right-Deaf kids who dance.
I had the opportunity to finally watch this incredible group of teens in March at the Professional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Convention. The teens danced with grace, skill and enthusiasm. They signed the words to the songs and laughed along. They were so enjoying themselves.
Is this just a "fun club"? Nope,it is a whole lot more. These teens and their advisors (and parents, I am sure)travel the state to educate. They are sporting shirts that say, "Dance, Teach and Inspire." Their mission is to show hearing kids that deaf kids CAN do anything hearing kids can do, except hear. They are out there inspiring kids with hearing loss that they CAN do anything that they want,except hear. They are out there exposing kids to American Sign Language and deaf children.
This picture was taken from a recent visit to an elementary school Would you like them to come to YOUR school next year?
Learn more about them at https://www.facebook.com/WisDPI.WSD?hc_location=stream .
Let me know what YOU learned that deaf and hard of hearing kids CAN do that you thought you thought they never could do!
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.