New Mexico School for the Deaf
Seven full-time deaf AmeriCorps members, who are native ASL users, will teach sign language, building a community of signers who will surround and support language growth in deaf children. The program at New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD) will target two audiences 1) families of deaf children and 2) school staff who work with deaf students. Home-based sign language instruction will provide families instruction pertinent to their family needs. School-based programming will lead staff and peers to better communicate directly with the deaf child in their language. These services will be offered in seven regions throughout the state of New Mexico. The project will focus on the CNCS focus area of Education. After nine months of sign language instruction, 80% of deaf children not yet attending school will demonstrate gains in school readiness in terms of social and/or emotional development (ED23). Additionally, 80% of school-age deaf students will demonstrate improved academic engagement (ED27). The CNCS investment of $290,085 for three years ($96,695 yearly), in the form of a fixed amount grant, will enable this program to operate over the next three years.