by Kassidy Taylor
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is recognizing Diversity Month with a guest lecture on language deprivation by Ashley Thompson, elementary educator at her alma mater, Marie Philip School at Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Mass. The lecture will be held at UNH Manchester in room 201 on Friday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Presented by UNH Manchester’s American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting program, Thompson’s lecture will center on Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K), a national legislative campaign to end language deprivation among children. By providing access and opportunities to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families, LEAD-K seeks to build the foundation of language for these children to succeed when they enter school.
A chairperson for the LEAD-K Massachusetts, Thompson will share her experience with the campaign and the importance of teaching ASL and English language skills at an early age. Thompson has a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A.T. in American Sign Language/English Bilingual Deaf Education from Gallaudet University.
Thompson’s lecture will take place at UNH Manchester in room 201 on Friday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and ASL/English interpreting will be provided. Computer-aided real time (CART) captioning will also be available via smartphone, tablet or laptop. Click here for directions and parking information.
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