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Spring 2019

Abstract: this article describes a free sign language instruction program available on the internet

Keywords: blind, visually impaired, deaf, deafblind, Family Signs Program, sign language, Educational Resource Center on Deafness, ERCOD, Texas School for the Deaf, TSD

Family Signs is a free sign language instruction program powered by Skype and ooVoo that provides one-on-one classes using computers with a high-speed Internet connection or videophones when available. This program is intended for parents of deaf or hard of hearing children who want to improve their sign language skills but do not have easy access to traditional sign language classes. Family Signs is coordinated by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) at Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).

If you are a parent or guardian of a deaf or hard of hearing child and you reside in Texas you are eligible for this program. We encourage you to visit the Program Overview and Student Information pages for more information about the program.

Instructors are advanced sign language students of college/university Deaf Education Programs, advanced sign language students of college/university Interpreter Training Programs, sign language interpreters, and volunteers with advanced sign language skills