Maine’s Deaf Community is grieving deeply. We lost four of our cherished community members in last night’s Lewiston shootings, two of which were fathers of children in our educational programs. Our community is incredibly tight-knit, full of heart and pride. The fact that these men were together is who we are. Togetherness is what makes us strong and will hold us during this devastating time. The lives of those lost in the shooting will never be forgotten. We are holding their families, loved ones, and our community in our hearts. - 10/26/23, Karen Hopkins, Executive Director.

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MECDHH/GBSD is exploring opportunities for families to learn American Sign Language and participate in ASL classes.  Stay tuned for more information soon!
If your child is learning American Sign Language it is important for you to as well. Your child’s IFSP or IEP team can support you in finding the appropriate services for your family. ASL Family Training (for parents of children age 0-2)  and ASL Parent Training and Counseling (for parents of children age 3-5) are two services that can be added to your child’s early intervention or education plan. Talk with your child’s team to learn more! Check our Upcoming Events page for opportunities to learn ASL.