Deaf History Month Handshape Artwork

National Deaf History Month is observed from March 13 to April 15 each year. March 13 commemorates the selection of I. King Jordan as the first Deaf President of Gallaudet University. April 15 commemorates the opening of American School for the Deaf as the nation’s first public school for the deaf, located in West Hartford, CT.

FSDB Deaf High School staff members implemented curricular activities reflecting this historic month. Students in Michael Freeman’s Art classes created clay handshapes for Deaf History Month. Freeman borrowed the idea from an “I Love You” handshape project. First, students selected any handshape that they wanted to create out of clay. After the clay handshapes had hardened, they painted them as desired. Students enjoyed the project because “ASL is a big part of their culture. People need to be reminded how beautiful Deaf culture is” Freeman explained.

By Christi Boortz, Instructional Services

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