The night of the 2008 presidential election, I had goose bumps and tears listening to vivid memories delivered eloquently by Georgia Congressman John Lewis. He was recalling the days prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the days when black Americans were denied even the right to vote and belittled for trying to claim it.
For Americans black or white under 40, such stories depict a far-fetched, incomprehensible time.
Twenty years ago, another civil-rights bill was signed into law, affording equality to the last vast minority of Americans still standing on the outside looking in. July 26, 1990, was appropriately sunny and clear, and for those of us waiting on the White House lawn for the signing ceremony to begin, the atmosphere was a mix of carnival glee and religious reverence.
There were people with wheelchairs, scooters and crutches. People held animated conversations in American sign language, and a few people were tucking guide dogs under their chair.
I was there in the dual role of journalist and advocate and was only outwardly calm.
There was a lot of talk about speech delays last week and so we wanted to focus on a giveaway for parents who want to start working with their kiddos on signing. The Special Needs Store offered up a DVD, Signing Time, Series 1, Volume 1, My First Signs.
We did simple signs with our kids when there were babies because their delays were global. The word “global” sure means that exactly. For our son, who started speech therapy when he was 18 months, signing was a way to ease frustration. Within a few weeks he had a few signs with the most important being “more.”
He used “more” for nearly everything in his life. Food, play, even for one of us carrying him around because he always wanted MORE, instead less (he never really took to the sign “less”). We used signing with our girl too, but she did find her words sooner than our boy. The word eat, more and momma where her favorites!
Here’s the information on the Signing Times, Vol. 1 DVD. If I had a little one, I would go for this giveaway because we were making our sign language up as we went along!
Go and check out the other items at Kelly store! Thanks Kelly, love your store. Visit The Special Needs Store!
If you’d like a chance to get your (signing) hands on this, just leave a comment by Saturday, June 19th at 5pm PST! You can even just say “I want it!” and we’ll pick a winner.