Our KidSigns program’s mission is to promote independence, a sense of Deaf pride, socialization, American Sign Language exposure, positive adult role models, awareness and education. Our program is open to Deaf and hard of hearing children, family, friends or any child wanting to learn American Sign Language in a safe and fun environment.
We provide bimonthly activities year round for children 3 to 12 years old, such as a trip to a zoo, visiting Signing Santa and an annual weeklong summer day camp for Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing children.
Through our KidSigns program, we also provide consultations, sensitivity training, cultural awareness and advocacy for families with deaf and hard of hearing children, which includes tutoring and referrals.
Each child and their family decides which activities they would like to participate in, and after every session, they walk away with newfound knowledge of American Sign Language, English, appropriate behavior and socialization.
Language is very closely tied to behavioral and social skills issues. Once the child has the language foundation in place, with the help of KidSigns, they can then understand better how to appropriately behave and socialize with their peers and others.
Additionally, since the great majority of the KidSigns bimonthly activities are held offsite, DHHS works with each venue on inclusivity and educate them on how to interact appropriately with deaf and hard of hearing consumers, especially young consumers. This creates a win-win situation for all communities involved.
KidSigns is solely funded through private grants and donations.
If you have questions, please contact our Youth Program coordinator Renita Creasy.
Our 2017 KidSigns Schedule
*Subject to revision. Please check back here often!
- June 20-23 – Teensign Camp
- July 17-21 – Kids Kamp