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International Institute of Deaf Services (IIDS)

International Institute
of Deaf Services IIDS

SignWriting Workshop
March 27-28, 2009

Cat in the Hat
by Cherie Wren

Celebrate Deaf Literacy & Legacy
March 27-28, 2009, Birmingham, Alabama
Hosted by the International Institute of Deaf Services

Presentation & Workshop by Cherie Wren
March 27-28, 2009, Birmingham, Alabama
Cat in the Hat in American Sign Language
International Institute
for Deaf Services (IIDS)
invites Cherie Wren to present a SignWriting Workshop
by Paul William Ellis

The International Institute for Deaf Services has invited Cherie Wren to present Cat in the Hat, and to also teach a SignWriting workshop on March 27-28, 2009 in Birmingham, Alabama, in celebration of Deaf Literacy and Legacy.

Cherie is an interpreter and instructor at the Georgia School for the Deaf and has contributed a variety of children’s stories to the SignWriting Literature Project. Cherie's interest in SignWriting began around 2003, as a more complete way to make notes than the very incomplete system called 'gloss.' Once she started to learn the system, Cherie became more and more convinced that this could be a major component in improving literacy for Deaf children, as well as a way to preserve the legacy of Deaf Culture and literature.

On Friday, March 27, 2009, Cherie will present “Cat in the Hat in American Sign Language”; you will not want to miss this. On Saturday, March 28, 2009, Cherie will present a workshop on “SignWriting: A Bridge to Literacy.”

About IIDS
IIDS is one of the channels for fulfilling the great commission of God by reaching the deaf and hearing communities in an educational setting, raising up bold leaders and teachers and sending out anointed laborers, the deaf will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior in the Age of Technology.

It is the mission of IIDS to train leaders and educators both deaf and hearing, interpreters and workers with the deaf to evangelize, obtain skill development in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, technology and religious training. Leaders, educators, sign language interpreters, workers/teachers of deaf children and adults around the country will make a dynamic impact on society.

The ministry is incorporated and approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit charity(5013c).IIDS was founded by Paul William Ellis and incorporated on February 16, 1994.

As it relates to the Celebration of Deaf Literacy and Legacy, as taken from our flyer, the purpose is to reach out to our diverse community, increasing their awareness of the rich history of the deaf and of the various library resources that will benefit the public - deaf and hearing. By observing National Deaf History Month, offer an occasion to celebrate the legacy and many contributions made by people who share the personal, familial or societal deaf experience, as well as instill in our young deaf/hard of hearing students their own legacy and their self worth.

My personal desire to have IIDS be involved in this endeavor flourished from my work within the community and seeing as time passes that there is such a lack of accessible and available resources promoting literacy within the deaf community and the legacy of those who paved the way has been long forgotten or ignored. My hope is that the deaf community will move forward in equality, remembering to reach back and grab their own.

I do believe that literacy is crucial to understanding the Word of God. It is my desire that deaf children as well as adults will develop a passion for reading and the Holy Bible will be at the top of the list for their Book of the Month club.


International Institute of Deaf Services
P.O. Box 39009, Birmingham, AL. 35208

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