Helping families connect through language.
A rich library of children’s stories, told by our ASL storytellers, with tools and supports to help parents help their Deaf child thrive through language.
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We believe in the right to access language, that every child has the capacity to learn and that parents play a critical role in the development of their child.
We offer a selection of language learning resources to encourage literacy, creativity and self expression through stories and interactive connections.
Why it Works
Focused on family
We celebrate the value of a family based approach to learning.
Fun and engaging stories
A mix of stories you already know and stories that will be new to you told by our ASL storytellers.
Easy to access and use
Simply register for free, and get full access to the library.
Parents Using ASL RAPP Love It!
said they and their children enjoyed participating
said they had increased confidence in supporting their child’s language development at home.
said that they communicate more with their child after having participated
said they learned something new about supporting their child’s learning.
“I use both verbal and sign when teaching him new things for better communication and understanding. When we sing or talk about new animals he learning new words every time.” (son is Deaf and has a cochlear implant)
“Showing more facial expression and emotion with sign definitely helps to better communicate with my son.”
“I learned new signs and really enjoyed this book in particular.”(Stellaluna)
“It was exciting to see him participate in the story!”
“After the story we made the snowman art and then we read the story again and my son copied some of the signs like, snow, bed and bath that were part of the story.”
“I have learned many new signs to communicate with my son.”
“I have learned many new signs and enjoyed the book.”
“The ASL RAPP staff have been extremely good at mentoring me. This (program) has been invaluable to me. It has helped me to be more comfortable trying to sign with adults as well as Deaf children.”
“I read the book with my Deaf granddaughter. She’s only 4, but she knew a lot of the signs and I found this to be really rewarding.”
“Being in the middle of Canadian winter, this book was very topical and very interesting to my granddaughter. “ (A Snowy Day)
“I was more comfortable with the pantomime actions that can be used to help get information across. I enjoyed learning the vocabulary as well.”
“I really appreciated the instructions for this book. It made me much more comfortable experimenting with ASL…”
“The ASL RAPP project is highly beneficial to our community as it contributes to family literacy, supporting school readiness for the child and language/literacy development for the family as a whole”
All Deaf People are the Same
Hearing loss in one of the most complex health conditions that has no definitive or preventable restorative. There are various degrees of hearing loss. Each person is different.
All Sign Language is the Same
Just like there are a variety of spoken languages, there are also many forms and dialects of sign language. In fact, there are over 130 variations worldwide.
Deaf people Don’t Enjoy Music
Some Deaf people not only enjoy music but they play an instrument, compose or sing as well. Beethoven was Deaf! The experience of sound is different for many people. Music is multi-sensory which is why Deaf people are able to enjoy music even if they can’t ‘hear’ it.