The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

a tuition free bilingual ASL-English program serving deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and families

620 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Main 505.247.1701 - VP 505.435.9680 - Fax 505.247.1704

 

 

The ASL Academy Copyright 2013 / Photographs Courtesy of Brianna Saban Photography

The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

a tuition free bilingual ASL-English program serving deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and families

620 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Main 505.247.1701 - VP 505.435.9680 - Fax 505.247.1704

 

 

The ASL Academy Copyright 2013 / Photographs Courtesy of Brianna Saban Photography

The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

a tuition free bilingual ASL-English program serving deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and families

620 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Main 505.247.1701 - VP 505.435.9680 - Fax 505.247.1704

 

 

The ASL Academy Copyright 2013 / Photographs Courtesy of Brianna Saban Photography

We ask for that which all other hearing children in this nation simply take for granted- the right of a deaf or hard of hearing child to develop communication and language, to communicate, to become literate and therefore to learn.

- The National Agenda

 

 

As with many charter schools, the founders saw a need which was not being addressed and a population which was not being served by existing schools and programs. After years of working within the existing systems and speaking with teachers and parents regarding their experiences with deaf education, the ASL Academy founders determined that opening a charter school was an exciting option because it provided for significant and immediate change.

The mission of the Albuquerque Sign Language Academy is to improve educational outcomes for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students in the greater Albuquerque area by providing a rigorous standards-based bilingual educational program which utilizes American Sign Language and English to achieve academic excellence, support family involvement, and promote multicultural community partnerships.

 

 

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The ASL Academy unites deaf and hearing persons of varying backgrounds in the greater Albuquerque area by offering events which promote school, family, and multicultural community interaction.

 

By sponsoring community events the ASL Academy is increasing awareness of deaf and hard of hearing children and their abilities, connecting students and parents with deaf and hard of hearing adults, providing social opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing students and hearing siblings enrolled in other schools, and encouraging family networking. The creation of these new partnerships completes the framework in which children can grow and prosper throughout childhood and into adulthood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ASL Academy founders determined that sending deaf/hard of hearing children to institutional schools - away from parents and siblings - should not be the only option available. The ASL Academy recognizes the importance of family, values the relationship between parents and their children, and provides an opportunity for families to stay together and to learn together. This inclusive model is fostering real change in deaf education.

 

Family support and involvement is vital to the success of all children, and since 90% of students with hearing loss come from hearing families, the ASL Academy focuses on educating and supporting parents by providing programs including ASL classes, parent groups, and educational workshops.  

 

By providing parental support and encouraging parental involvement, the ASL Academy promotes social and emotional well-being, increases academic expectations and student performance, and creates a collaborative relationship between school and family.

 

 

 

 

The parents and teachers of deaf and hard of hearing children recognize that these children are capable and eager to learn; and, if given the right learning environment, their accomplishments can be as limitless as those of their hearing peers.

 

Because of the relatively small number of deaf and hard of hearing (dhh) children, the ASL Academy serves not only deaf and hard of hearing students, but also hearing students - including siblings of dhh, children of deaf adults (CODAs), visual learners, and others who can benefit from a bilingual education. By expanding the critical mass of bilingual peers, an optimal learning environment supportive of academic, social, and emotional development has been created.

 

 

 

 

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The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy

a tuition free ASL-English program serving deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children and families

620 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Main 505.247.1701 - VP 505.435.9680 - Fax 505.247.1704

 

 

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