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SRP: Frequently Asked Questions

We have some money from a grant. We would like to have you or other persons from the Clerc Center set up the Shared Reading Project in our area. Will you do this?

The Shared Reading Project started in Hawaii, and then moved to the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. It expanded to 5 other sites in 1997. Now, the Shared Reading Project can be set up in other schools and programs. To do this, you will need to attend a training put on by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Contact the Office of Training and Professional Development at 202-651-5855 (TTY/V) or send an email to training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu. For more information about grants, see SRP: Budget and Grants.

Can we order the book bags so that we can set up our own Shared Reading Project in our area? (R.M., Texas)
Yes, you can order the bookbags. They include a book, a DVD, an activity guide, and a bookmark. For more information, see the Clerc Center catalog.

I really like the bookmarks. Keep it up! (B.V., Minnesota)
The bookmarks are available in many different languages including Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, English, Hmong, Portuguese, Russian, Somalian, Spanish, Tagolog, and Vietnamese. You can order them (for free!). See the Clerc Center catalog.

I am a childcare worker. I can sign okay ... not great, but okay. I would like to read more to the deaf child in my class. Can you help? (B.R., Texas)
You might want to read the manuals and look at the DVDs of two products. Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults shows how Deaf parents read to their Deaf children and it explains 15 principles that all parents and caregivers can use to help deaf children understand the stories. Read It Again and Again shows how to read the same book over and over again, helping children to go from reading to writing. Both products are available for sale, see the Clerc Center catalog.

Our program would like to write a grant very similar to your Shared Reading Project to be shared with our area. Your program sounds like an ideal project to develop within our area ... all areas for that matter. Your project is copyrighted. Would it be all right if we used your ideas to develop a project like this in our area? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all your work. (Wisconsin)
The Shared Reading Project logo and concept are part of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Please contact us at 202-651-5855 (TTY/V) or training.clerc@gallaudet.edu to discuss further.

We will wait and set the program up in a year. But for now, do you have any bookbags for sale? (N.R., Oregon)
Bookbags are currently available. Please see the Clerc Center catalog.

I am interested in some kind of training for our Deaf Mentors in teaching families how to read to their children in Vermont and Maine. I have been using your videotape and materials, but I am just one person ... and need help. (A.P., Vermont)
The Clerc Center has workshops and training that might help. The workshops include a three-hour or a six-hour workshop on "Reading to Deaf Children: Learning from Deaf Adults." If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact us at 202-651-5855 (TTY/V) or training.clerc@gallaudet.edu.

The "Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success" is a training on how to set up the Shared Reading Project in your area. For more information, please contact us at 202-651-5855 (TTY/V) or training.clerc@gallaudet.edu.