Susan Layton

Film Producer - ASL Performer - Life Learner

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I’m Inspired: Justin’s Victory!

Justin20Today was the final victory for Justin Osmond as he reached his goal: To run 250 miles in 7 days.  The prize at the end of the snow, sleet, hail, rain, sunshine, blisters, IT band flare ups and the like was being able to give the “gift of hearing” to 25 kids in Southern Utah through “Run4Hearing“.

When we arrived at the park this morning, it was cold and rainy.  I thought, “This is not that fun”.  But then I thought of Justin and my attitude and thoughts quickly changed to: “This is worth it! This is going to be amazing!”  Running this 5k in the “cold”weather was the least I could do to show support for this amazing cause, the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund‘s “Run4Hearing“.   My family,Justin6 along with a large part of the Southern Utah’s Deaf community, as well as many other supporters were there, all in the best of spirits!  There was a special, positive vibe in the park.

Once we started running, the rains stopped, the very chilly weather warmed up, and the clouds stayed around to keep us comfortable.  After the 5k and the kids run, we waited for the arrival of Justin.  His family came and stood behind the finish line with their ‘250-mile’ banner … and then … THERE – HE- WAS!  Justin came running over the hill with his wife, the Mayor, his running coach and many other close-to-the-cause people.  He ran through the cheering crowd towards the finish line.  As he Justin7crossed the long anticipated finish line, he embraced and wept with his family and the crowd cheered, in sign and with whoops and hollers.  It was sweet to see him victorious! It was a really special thing to witness.

We all followed him over to where he would share a few words of gratitude.  (I was so upset because I thought I was recording and after his sweet and tender intro, I looked up and realized it wasn’t recording! Argh!)  He sobbed, “I kept running, even through the toughest moments those moments that I almost couldn’t go anymore, but I did because I remembered what it was for: the deaf kids! … I kept reminding it will be worth it in the end, because it is for these deaf kids, the true Super Heroes! … So I kept on running!”Justin11Close

He invited his family, sponsors, his running coach and the ‘Super Hear-O’ recipients up and paid gratitude and tribute to each for their contribution and purpose to the cause.  Justin said, “Can you imagine, driving 250 miles going 2-3 miles per hour?? My mom and my dad did just that! Just to support me!”  (I love when people publicly express gratitude to/for their parents!  It’s just so cool!)  I think the moment that stood out most to me was when he invited Marie Osmond, his Aunt, up to the mic to “sing a song”.  Everyone laughed.  No, she didn’t sing.  (Drats! Ha) But she did share this: (“ish” – because it’s from memory. Smile.)

Justin14“My mom’s family was all girls and one boy.  Then she had her own children and it was all boys and one girl.  But what’s special is that her only brother was deaf, and two of her own sons were deaf.  Before she passed on, she expressed the one thing she wanted most of all.  She wanted to leave a legacy of helping the deaf.  My mother asked Justin to carry that legacy on.  Not only has he done just that, but this very day commemorates 11 years since her passing.  Yesterday, I kept thinking of Justin on the home stretch, and I felt my mother poking me from the other side saying, “Marie, get your booty down there!” So I’m here! I really believe my mother was with you on this run and cheering you on along the way! I’m sure she is looking down right now, very proud of you as you continue the legacy she wanted to live on!”

Beautiful!  Better than a song!  But I still would’ve really enjoyed a song too! (Haha)

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Then Justin lined up for pictures and interviews. Excitement continued to fill the air long after it was “over”.  This event has been the talk of the town, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for many, as well as for six excited people in my car.  But the cause and Justin’s journey couldn’t be more worthy of it!

Learn more, give some, tweet about, like them, or whatever else: Olive Osmond HearingFund.org and Run4Hearing.com.

I guess my take away from this is: Be Inspired!  Find inspiration.  Be the inspiration.  All of us don’t have an “Aunt Marie” or a “Mother Osmond” … but we don’t have to wait or side-line an opportunity to be inspired or to inspire others.  Just go for it, put your foot forward and race towards your finish line. A world out there is waiting to be inspired!  … Yup, THAT’s what I learned!

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Question: Who has inspired you and how? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on my Facebook page.  

Photos Courtesy of: @SpectrumJenkins, @DJBolerjack, @TasminMahFuz, @MeadowSigns and @HiyaSusieQ

JUST IN: JUSTIN’s RUNspiration and ME

Who got to run with Justin Osmond?  ME!
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 Yeah, my story went like this:  Drop off the little guy to preschool.  Come home.  Slump in my chair.  Sigh, “I wish I had something cool to do”.  Got on Facebook (isn’t that where we all go for excitement? Ha).  First post on my feed: “Justin Osmond is “here””.  I thought, “Oh, a run with Justin would be cool! 250 miles is a long way! It’d be fun to keep him company for a couple of those miles.”  So I hurried and changed my clothes and set off to search for Justin and his crew.  By the way, he’s a running beast!  I kept searching in the area I “thought” he’d be.  He was MUCH farther down the way than I expected.  But I found him and parked a half a mile up the road.  I ran back to where they were and started my run with him.

(You might be wondering, why is Justin running a crazy 250 miles?  The cause is awesome: It’s called Run4Hearing – raising funds so deaf kids can have access to hearing aids, FM systems, etc.  Check out his website!)

Run - Justin Osmond 2On my run, I learned first hand that Justin is a genuine guy with a heart of gold!  This fundraiser is really important to him – these deaf kids are really important to him!  He said that one day, he thought, “I want to make a difference  for deaf kids”, so he came up with a plan.  And because he loves to run he wanted to incorporate running into the fundraising idea. He asked me, “When you found out about my idea to run 250 miles, did you think I was crazy?”  I said, “No, I didn’t think you were crazy at all! I just thought it was WAY COOL!”  He said that the other day, near the beginning of this fundraising run, he was running through the freezing cold, sleet and rain. The only thing that kept him going was thinking about these deaf kids who will benefit from this run.  Hearing aids, FM systems, and assistive listening devices are expensive. Justin wants to help make sure deaf kids have what they need. This run will make a difference!

Talking with Justin made the run easy.   I left inspired!

It was interesting, this morning I was listening to a podcast by the amazing Michael Hyatt about how to get things done, even when others tell you that you’re crazy or the idea is too ambitious.  One thing that just kept repeating in my head was the idea to THINK BIG and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.  Have a plan and just take it by the horns and do it.  Justin was a PRIME example of this.

I got the pleasure of running with Justin for 2 miles.  (I had to turn around and run back to my car cuz it was time to get my little guy.) My run with him was short but it was worth the crazy notion to change my clothes and scout him out.  It was an inspiring run!  And dang it, it was just fun – and the weather was absolutely perfect!  It really was awesome!Run - Justin Osmond 3

Good luck Justin!  I hope all your dreams and the dreams of many deaf kids come true!  My family is looking forward to running at the Super Hear-O 5k on Saturday in support of this tremendous cause!

Check out and support Justin’s 250-mile Run Fundraiser for Deaf Kids: Facebook.com/Run4HearingRun4Hearing.com and the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund 

 

 

Motherhood – It’s Glorious!

This week we celebrate Mother’s Day.  If you are a mother or if you’ve seen one or if you have one, you probably can agree that being a mother is a difficult task.  Understanding the physical, spiritual and emotional complexity of being a “mother”, may differ depending on the role you play to that title.  Regardless of where we stand to understanding and feeling the great responsibility of mother, we all can probably attest that that calling is like no other.

Sometimes, I think, “life can’t be better than this”… and then it gets better.  Sometimes I think, “nothing is harder than this” … and then it gets harder.  But throughout all these times, the really good and the really-not-so-good, I am reminded that life is meant to be glorious! And as Mother’s Day approaches, I am once again reminded that motherhood, my mother, my web of beautiful mothers who I look to as shining examples, and my own opportunity to be a mother truly is GLORIOUS!

“Glorious” in ASL 

 

 

Laugh, You Will!

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How do you know you’re a true STAR WARS fan?  You celebrate May 4th with corny jokes and movie-marathons!

Oh yes, I think I would be sent to the dog-house if I didn’t add a Star Wars themed post to celebrate this day!  My hubster and kids are big Star Wars fans!  Okay, okay … I must admit, I kinda like them too, even though it took me a few years into marriage.  Ha.

So, to celebrate this day of days, here are a few Star Wars jokes that we love …
And “May the FOURTH be with you!”  (Yes, I had to get that in there!)

 

Q: What program do Jedi use to view PDF files?
A: Adobe Wan Kenobi

 

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Q: What do you call Chewbacca when he has chocolate stuck in his hair?
A: Chocolate Chip Wookiee.

 

Q: What is a Jedi’s favorite toy?
A: A yo-yoda

 

Q: Which Star Wars character works at a restaurant?
A: Darth Waiter

 

Q: What do you call a pirate droid?
A: Arrrrr2-D2

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Q: What do you call potatoes that have turned to the Dark side?
A: Vader Tots

 

Q: Where does Qui-Gon keep his jam?
A: In a Jar-Jar.

 

Q: What do you get when you cross an elephant with Darth Vader?
A: An ele-Vader.

 

Q: Why should you never tell jokes on the Falcon?
A: The ship might crack up.

 

Q: What did Obi Wan say to Luke when he tried to eat bantha pie with a spoon?
A: “Use the FORK, Luke.”

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Q: Why was yoda such a good gardener?
A: He had a green thumb!

 

Q: Where does Princess Leia go shopping for clothing?
A: At the Darth Maul

 

Q: Why shouldn’t you ask yoda for money?
A: Because he’s always a little short

 

Q: What do you call 5 siths piled on top of a lightsaber?
A: A Sith-Kabob!

 

Q: How is Ducktape like the Force?
A: It has a Dark Side, a Light side and it binds the galaxy together.

 

Do you have other good Star Wars jokes?  Share them on my Facebook page!

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A Surprise from Japan!

ページ下部の日本語訳。

It’s last Sunday.  My family is at church on time! (Woohoo!)  I’m wearing no make-up because my makeup bag was in the car that just got totaled. That’s ok, I had a cute skirt on. Ha. As usual, we sit in the back row – my kids like to fight about who sits by Mom, smile (sigh – haha).  It’s almost time to start the meeting, so I begin my usual “Shhh, sit down and be reverent” spiel to each of my kids.

Then, I get this *tap tap tap* on my shoulder.  It’s my friend, Jarin.  He says, “There is someone here that is a big fan of yours and wants to meet you.”  I was thinking, “uhhh, ME?!”  I follow him and standing a row behind me is this sweet Japanese family.  The mother, Mami, was looking around the chapel and then saw me coming towards her.  I don’t know how to describe her pure and utter excitement. She was so giddy and absolutely so sweet! “I can’t believe it!  It’s you!  We LOVE yoooou! WOW! It’s you … You’re right there, in front of me!”  I was like, “ME!? …  WOW! Yaaay!!!”  It was pretty exciting for me! I couldn’t help but to smile! She said, “We love you!  The Deaf people in Japan LOVE you!  And you’re standing in front of me!!!”  Mami was with her two daughters and son, who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  The girls were sweet and giggly too and her son stood close by with the biggest smile on his face.  This was the funnest meet and greet I have ever had!  Ha. What a joy it was for me to meet this sweet family!

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After church, we met up again.

Mami’s children use Japanese Sign Language as their primary language. They are also learning American Sign Language.  The daughters, Lisa and Rumi, attend one of five Deaf schools in Tokyo.  Their older brother, Kei, came to the United States so he could attend a university here.  (For a Deaf person living in Japan, it can be quite costly to attend a university because they are responsible to pay for an interpreter for all their schooling.  In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that the costs of interpreters are paid for by the university.) Kei’s family came for his graduation from Brigham Young University. So awesome Kei.

Mami and her family were so neat to visit with.  They were all smiles, hugs and laughter!  They really made my day!

I was really curious on how they knew who I was – especially knowing that they are from Japan!  Mami told me that the Deaf community in Japan love my ASL musical performances!  (Are you kidding me!??  How awesome is that???!!)   I felt so touched that what I do is loved and appreciated by others AROUND the world!

So funny, after we took pictures together, Mami was jumping up and down with excitement!  She exclaimed, “Oh! The Deaf in Japan will be so jealous when they see I got to meet you!!! I can’t wait to show them!”  I laughed.  (I’m thinking a trip to Japan is now on my list of MUST-GO-TO places!)  😀

What an HONOR for me to visit with Mami and her sweet family!

As they were leaving, the girls asked if they could sign me a song in Japanese Sign Language!  OH BOY! This was a treat!!!  …. And I tell you what, it was SO BEAUTIFUL!  …. With their permission, I recorded it for you to see. You’re going to LOVE it!

“I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” in Japanese Sign Language

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私は私の日本語訳が良好であると思います。スマイル。抱擁。

それは最後の日曜日です。私の家族は時間通りに教会であります!私の化粧ポーチはちょうど合計しまった車の中であったため(Woohoo!)私はメイクアップを着用していませんよ。それは私が上にかわいいスカートを持っていた、大丈夫です。ハ。いつものように、我々は後列に座って – 私の子供はお母さん、笑顔( – 笑ため息)で座る人について戦うのが好きです。これは、会議を開始するためにほとんどの時間ですので、私はいつも私の子供のそれぞれに熱弁「Shhhは、敬虔なを座ってすること」を開始します。

そして、私は私の肩に、このタップを取得します。それは私の友人、Jarinです。彼は、「あなたの大ファンであり、あなたを満たすために望んでここに誰かがあります。 “と言います私は、考えていた」、うーん、私を!」私は彼に従うと、私の後ろに行を立って、この甘い日本の家族です。母、真美は、礼拝堂の周りを見て、その後私は彼女に向かって来るのを見ました。私は彼女の純粋で、全くの興奮を記述する方法がわかりません。彼女はとてもめまいと絶対にそのように甘かったです! “私はそれを信じることができない!それはあなたです!私たちはyoooouが大好き!WOW!それはあなたが…あなたが私の目の前で、右がしています!”私は、 “WOW!?…私!Yaaay !!!”、のようでしたそれは私のためにかなりエキサイティングでした!私は笑顔ではなく助けることができませんでした!彼女は、「私たちはあなたを愛しています!日本のろう者はあなたを愛しています!そして、あなたは私の前に立っている!!!」と述べました真美は聴覚障害者や難聴の2人の娘と息子、とありました。女の子がクスクス笑う甘すぎたと彼女の息子は、彼の顔に笑みを浮かべての最大の近くに立っていました。これは遊べる大会だったと私が今まで持っていた挨拶します!ハ。私は、この甘い家族を満たすためにのためにそれが何だったか喜び!

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教会の後、我々は再び会いました。

真美さんの子供たちは彼らの主要な言語として手話を使用しています。彼らはまた、アメリカ手話を学んでいます。娘、リサとルミは、東京の5つのろう学校の一つに出席します。彼はここの大学に通うことができるように彼らの兄、圭は、米国に来ました。 (彼らはすべての学校教育のための通訳の支払いに責任があるので、日本に住んでろうの人のためには、大学に出席するため、非常に高価なことができます。米国では、アメリカ人はコスト障害者法(ADA)のマンデートで通訳は、大学によって支払われている。)圭の家族はブリガム·ヤング大学卒業のために来ました。とても素晴らしい圭。

真美と彼女の家族はに訪問するようにきちんとしました。彼らはすべての笑顔、抱擁と笑いました!彼らは本当に私の一日行わ!

特に彼らは日本からのものであることを知っている – 私は、彼らは私が誰を知っていた方法に本当に興味がありました!真美は日本のろう者コミュニティが私のASL演奏を愛していることを私に言いました! (あなたは私をからかっています!?? !!さ???ことをどのように素晴らしい)私は何を私が行うことは、世界中の他の人に愛さと評価されていることに触れ感じました!

私たちは一緒に写真を撮った後にとても面白い、真美はジャンプアップと興奮でダウンしていました!彼女は “ああ!日本の聴覚障害者は、彼らが私はあなたを満たすために持って見ると嫉妬になります!私はそれらを表示するために待つことができない!」、叫びました私は笑いました。 (私は日本への旅行を考えていると、私は行かなければならない場所の私のリストになりました!):D

真美と彼女の甘い家族と私のためにどのような名誉を訪問します!

彼らが残していたように、彼らは私に日本手話で歌に署名することができれば、女の子は尋ねました!ああ!これは御馳走でした! ….そして、私はそれがとても美しい何であったか、あなたを教えて!あなたが見るの….彼らの許可を得て、私はそれを記録しました。あなたはそれを愛するつもりです!

日本手話を使用して、 “私はイエス·キリストのようになるしようとしています」。

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Accident Update (and Funny Story)

First of all, I am so grateful for all the love and support that has poured in!  It has been absolutely touching. Your words of support, warm wishes, prayers and so much more have been so comforting! THANK YOU!

Both my hubby and daughter are doing very well! … Still a little sore but recovering well. The car, on the other hand, was just declared a total loss.  🙁 …

Funny story tho: When my little boy asked when we would get our car back – all fixed, I said, “Honey, we aren’t gonna get it back. It went to car heaven.”  He slumped over and let out a big sigh.  Then yesterday when we went to the salvage yard to get all of our things out of the car, my sweet guy saw the car and excitedly exclaimed, “Mom, is THIS car heaven??!!?”  I love his sweet innocence! 😀

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Blessings In Unexpected Ways!

Sometimes, the blessings we ask for come in ways we don’t expect.

I was driving to pick up my daughter from a birthday party yesterday and I received a text from my husband.  It said:

Totaled car.

We are ok.

Ryan and my oldest daughter were on their way to the Temple to do baptisms for the dead (proxy work for those who have passed on … for more info, see the end of this post).  This text “Totaled car. We are ok.” was shocking. How? Where? What does ‘OK’ mean?  Of course, I said a prayer, to ask that they would, in fact, be okay.  I knew nothing else.  But I picked up my youngest daughter from the birthday party and started driving the direction they were headed.

About 5 minutes later, my friend, Merri called me and said both were okay but the car was not.  We arrived to the scene about 40 minutes later.

This is what I saw:

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Right before this all happened, the rains became very heavy.  Ryan tried to slow down (without using the brakes – afraid of hydroplaning out of control) but the rains were just too heavy and the car was carried away, anyways.  The car hit the side of the hill and began to roll.  They finally came to a stand still.

A few minutes later, an off-duty paramedic arrived at the scene.  (She later told me that seeing the entire incident right before her eyes, she was afraid of what she would find once inside the car.  She was pretty sure it would be a sad situation.)  The paramedic found one door that could be opened.   She called out to the passengers, “I am a paramedic. IMG_2268We’ve already called 911.  Who is in the car?”  My daughter responded, “Me and my dad”.  Merri heard my daughter and recognized her voice and said, “Oh  my goodness! It’s me, Merri!”  What a beautiful blessing and miracle to have Merri, an incredible paramedic, a dear friend and my daughter’s Young Women’s leader, there at the scene to assist them in this catastrophic accident, just moments after it all happened.  Still buckled in, upside down, my daughter told Ryan that Merri was there and she was going to help them.  Once they were in a secure position, Merri pushed their seatbelt buttons and they fell to IMG_2273the ground.  Then they crawled out through the back of the car.   They were, indeed, protected and I am so grateful to the Lord for preserving their lives!

When we arrived to the scene, I was grateful to find them both doing so well.  Ryan walked away with only sore hands from white-knuckling the steering wheel.  My daughter had a small scratch/bump on her forehead but that was it.  Of course, they were shook up but doing very well, under the circumstances.  What … a … blessing!

After we did what needed to be done with the police and tow truck, we all agreed that we still wanted to go to the Temple and serve.  Merri took our younger ones to her babysitter’s house and then we met at the Temple.  Serving in the house of the Lord brought us much needed peace and comfort.

As we were traveling to the Temple, my daughter called my mom.  (I had called my mom the moment I heard about the accident. So, I knew she would be sitting anxiously by the phone, awaiting some reassurance that all were okay.)   The conversation was tender.  I could hear the trembling voice of my mother.  I could hear her as she began to cry.  She told my daughter, as she wept, that cars can be replaced but there is no replacing the ones we love!  That is true!

After our time at the Temple, my daughter shared with me her experience of this accident.  She had already submitted 5 names to the Temple (a week ago) so they would be ready for her when she got there but really felt there were a couple more she wanted to do.  So she was using my husbands iPad to find the names as they were driving.  It took her a little while but she finally found two of them and felt those were what she needed.  She put the iPad down on the middle console.  Then she grabbed her scriptures and began reading in Mosiah chapter 5.  She finished the chapter and realized the rains were coming down really hard and the car began veering off the road.  She grabbed on to Ryan’s arm and said “Heavenly Father…” and then the car began to tumble.   This morning, she opened up the scriptures she was reading to remind herself of what she read.  With tears in her eyes, she shared with me what she learned from this passage: If you keep the commandments, love, serve others and put God first, He will bless you and protect you.  My testimony was strengthened.  God IMG_9342knows us.  He loves us.  He will bless us.  As my daughter shared this experience with another dear friend of ours, Toni, said, “I’m sure those family members, who you were searching for while traveling in the car and those you had found earlier in the week, were there protecting you and your dad. They needed you to finish their work.”  When she said that, I could feel such power and peace come over me.

I am so grateful that they were protected.  I’m not gonna lie, I loved that car.  But it served it’s purpose.  Blessings do come in ways that we don’t expect sometimes.  It’s humbling, it’s inspiring, it’s just really beautiful!

I’m grateful for the blessing of the Temples.  Within those walls, sacred work is performed.  We learn. We serve.  Great peace is found there. The blessings of eternal families are realized within.  I’m grateful that I am sealed to my family for time and for all eternity.  The Temples are the House of the Lord!

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I guess, another few things I learned from this accident was to always express your love to your loved ones.  You never know when something will happen and you won’t have them anymore.  The second thing I learned was to recognize the blessings big and small and thank the good Lord for each of them.  It makes terrifying experiences more bearable.  Third, slow waaaaay down in the rain, best to do that while on a slope.  🙂  In any case, better safe than sorry.  And lastly, in any circumstance we are faced with, saying a prayer, even if it’s “Heavenly Father …”, will help us through the good and the bad.  Comfort, peace, guidance, protection and understanding can fill our lives, as we call upon Him.

To learn more about Temples, click here.

Apple Watch Reveal (ASL)

Have you seen Apple’s newest family member yet … Yes, the very cool, crisp and shiny Apple Watch! …  bit.ly/AppleWatchASL

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Who better to share the news, the ins and outs, and how the new Apple Watch compares to the very first Smartwatch “Pebble”, than this die-hard Apple techie guru guy, Ryan Layton.  In this video, Ryan will reveal the big anticipated Apple Watch!

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I *heart* ASL Stories! (Apps)

App of the Week: VL2 Storybooks

(4 ASL Storybook Apps that are pretty awesome!)

I love a good story and when it’s done right in ASL, it’s absolutely beautiful! I thought I’d share one of my favorite apps (actually there are 4 apps but all are from the same place).

IMG_7306The Baobab – Gallaudet University,

The Boy Who Cried Wolf VL2 Storybook – Gallaudet University,

The Blue Lobster – Gallaudet University,

The Solar System VL2 Storybook – Gallaudet University

These storybook apps were created by VL2 (Visual Language and Visual Learning), a Science and Learning Center based at Gallaudet University, ‘the world’s only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students’.* IMG_7312

These apps are interactive, using content based ASL signs (which is very important! One sign doesn’t fit every meaning for the same English word); include a comprehensive glossary of words used within the story; and are rich with color! Not only that, these apps are designed based on proven research in bilingualism and visual learning.  I love them!  (My kids love them too!)

The Baobab – Gallaudet University,

The Boy Who Cried Wolf VL2 Storybook – Gallaudet University,

The Blue Lobster – Gallaudet University,IMG_7300

The Solar System VL2 Storybook – Gallaudet University

Each of these 4 apps include the option to watch the story (narrator on the story background), have the story text at the bottom with narrator on screen, and include ASL vocabulary used in the story (and beautiful expansions of those words).

Now, for those in more advanced stages of learning sign or even working to become an interpreter, I think these videos could be of great value to you, as well.  IMG_7320You will find their use of classifiers, facial expressions, use of space and many other ASL components are amazing to watch and would be useful in mirroring and expounding on in your own practice.  Not only that, the ‘Watch’ section of the apps give you a beautiful opportunity to practice voicing.

Anyways, check out these 4 beautiful storybook apps!  ….




In ASL, “I *heart* ASL Stories” would look like this: “ASL Stories Kiss-Fist!” … That means I REALLY love ASL stories!  … SMILES!

Enjoy!

-Susan

*Gallaudet description: Quoted from their website.

**P.S. My opinion/warning regarding ASL apps: It really is tough to find ASL apps that I would trust my family to.  Sure, there are some ASL apps out there (and I’ll share some other ones at a later time) that I believe use (or teach signs) with accuracy and effectively, four of which are these VL2 apps.   But there are several apps that are very poor, that I believe either do not sign with accuracy or teach ASL poorly.  That’s the unfortunate part of having anything at your fingertips.  No one has to be ‘qualified’ just money to fork the app costs.  And then those who buy the app suffer.  Even more so, the Deaf suffer by having to try and piece together the inaccurate ASL, which man not necessarily be at the fault of the user! You just have to know which apps are good and trustworthy and go with those! So, there you have it.  ….Ok, I’ll get off my soapbox now.  Ha.

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