Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language

by Escuela de Educacion Especial de San Miguel de Allende AC
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language
Help A Deaf Child In Mexico Learn Sign Language

The children who come to EEESMA for the first time have little sign language acquisition and even less Spanish literacy skills. Because of your help and support, we are witnessing a great deal of positive development in these areas in all of the students. Thank you.

One reason this positive change is coming about is because this team of very dedicated teachers continue to develop professionally with further Deaf Education training. Last week the teachers, and many staff as well, took part in a 5 day, 2 hours per day after-school-hours online course to help them better understand what works best to deliver lessons that actively engage each student while expanding their sign language and Spanish vocabulary in the process. Feedback from the group about the course centered around their enjoyment of all being together in the same room, experiencing the course as a group and feeding off each others energy and enthusiasm. Things not experienced in a long time because of the Pandemic. 

Through good old fashion experience, the teachers know that one of the ways to engage each student in a fun way is for each of them to learn the lyrics of Christmas songs in Mexican Sign Language, rehearse several times and then proudly perform them for guests and family at the school.

Last week, the students presented a traditional Christmas "Posada" and Musical Performance to entertain all those in attendance for this yearly event. We hope you will enjoy the attached photos of the children as they performed to an adoring audience of parents, syblings and the general school population. We are sure you will agree, the children are thriving and happy, and doing a wonderful job making everyone else happy as well!

All at EEESMA School for the Deaf join together to offer their gratitude for championing this extremely important cause of providing children who are Deaf the opportunity to recieve an education in their native Mexican Sign Language. 

On behalf of the students and teachers, we wish you a very Joyous Holiday Season!

John and Sharon Doherty, Projects Leaders

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Friends!
Friends!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn". Benjamin Franklin 

A group of seven from Signs and Smiles, an NGO based in USA, visited EEESMA in early July. The group was made up of some of the most accomplished Deaf Education professionals in their field. The trip was designed to introduce the group to the students and faculty and to highlight many recent successes of the school to them. What happened next was utterly amazing! During various workshops and presentations, the EEESMA faculty and students became engaged in Sign Language at a level never before witnessed. New friendships were established, bonds were created, and enthusiasm and energy were at an all-time high!  

Laurita and Fernanda, both Deaf, are two of the many students who benefitted greatly from the visit and interaction with the Signs and Smiles group.  

Laurita will take on a teaching role at EEESMA once she wraps up her online modules in the next couple of months, thus earning herself an undergraduate degree in education. The experience of advancing her education has not only expanded her mind but also greatly enhanced her vocabulary in Mexican Sign Language. Communicating with highly educated Signs and Smiles professionals, many who are also Deaf, in sign language (a combination of ASL and LSM), has opened a new world of possibilities to her. She now has role models who are Deaf to inspire her, and she now sees first-hand how being Deaf need not restrict her place in the world.  

Fernanda would also love to be a full-fledged teacher of the Deaf at EEESMA one day. Her love of sign language is palpable. Beng engaged in a conversation in her native language, sign language, with a young woman who is Latina and fluent in sign language herself, was life altering for Fernanda. Bonds were created that will never be undone and never before imagined dreams are now seen as real possibilities for the future.  

Laurita and Fernanda, young deaf women who will make a difference to others who are Deaf, as they learn and grow through education. Thank you everyone who have helped to make their education at this amazing school possible.  

Laurita with Dr. Chris Kurz
Laurita with Dr. Chris Kurz
Fernanda and Audrey
Fernanda and Audrey
Jacobo with Dr. O
Jacobo with Dr. O

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The upcoming 2022-23 school year marks the 10th anniversary of the Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende A.C. (EEESMA). This significant milestone is being commemorated through a year-long calendar of 10 special events, some familiar and some new and exciting. 

Our first special event showcases both the familiar and the new. We are launching a design contest to revamp our logo. As we reflect on the school’s growth over the past decade and prepare for the evolving needs of the future, we want to ensure that our community understands who we are, what we do and whom we serve. Our new logo will be a powerful visual tool to communicate that message.

A prize of $2,000 Mexican pesos or US$100 is being offered, along with a sterling silver pin bearing a rendering of the logo, created by the students in the school’s accomplished jewelry making workshop. The contest is open to all. Submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2022. The winning design will be announced on June 30, 2022. Full contest details are available on our website at www.eeesma.com.

The other nine events planned for the “Celebration of the Decade” include an incredible on-line silent auction in October, an initiative honoring the Deaf community on Day of The Deaf in November and of course our magnificent Robert Burns Supper in January. Watch for those announcements as you won’t want to miss them!

Exact dates and pertinent details will also appear on our website as they are finalized. We hope you will join us for some or all of the planned events as we honor all our former and current students and their families, staff, volunteers, and supporters whose commitment, dedication and hard work have paved the way that we continue to follow today. 

EEESMA was established in August of 2012 by a local group of concerned citizens. There were then, and still are, no publicly funded schools for Deaf children in the State of Guanajuato. Their only option was to attend public school with hearing students, where they received no sign language instruction and very limited support. EEESMA was founded to help deaf children in San Miguel and the surrounding areas to become literate, independent, and productive citizens who set and achieve life goals. The school would not exist without the donations, grants and fundraising programs supported by private donors in Mexico and abroad, for which we are eternally grateful.

If you know of a child who experiences hearing loss, please reach out for help as soon as possible. Early intervention and language development for a deaf child will end their quiet isolation, strengthen their linguistic, cognitive and psychosocial skills and help facilitate their integration within their families and communities. 

When we improve children’s futures we improve our own, and that’s worth celebrating!

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Golfing Fun!
Golfing Fun!

Activities at EEESMA have been plentiful. Most recently the students have enjoyed some educational and enjoyable field trips. Please check out the photos and the video that accompany this report. 


A Day of Golf at Ventanas Golf Club

All students, teachers and staff had a fun outing practicing their putting and driving, followed by a picnic lunch. Smiles all around!

Visiting Rancho Los Labradores

The youngest students, accompanied by their teachers, visited the farm replete with burros, goats, chickens, rabbits, turtles and a whole lot more.

Some Examples of Recent Fun Raising!

Smiles, Signs and Salmon Luncheon Fundraiser

The lunch was proudly served by the students themselves followed by a special performance of "Imagine" in Mexican Sign Language.

BRAVO ALUMNOS!!!

1st Annual Robert Burns Supper Fundraiser

January 16th marked the first San Miguel de Allende publicly attended supper at The Restaurant, to honour the most famous Scot poet.

Donnie Masterton outdid himself by preparing the most scrumptious roast beef with neeps and tatties supper. And to top it off there was haggis, piped in by our new friend from Mexico City, Rafa Gutierrez. Many of the fellows dressed in kilts and the gals in tartan sashes. There was music, poems, whiskey toasts, and Highland dancing.

We can hardly wait till next year's celebration! Please mark January 25th, 2023, on your calendar. You won't want to miss the most fun fundraising event to grace San Miguel de Allende in a very looong time. Lang may yer lum reek!

Announcing the New Transportation Project

We have begun to move forward in our quest to provide transportation to the very special Deaf children and young people attending EEESMA and residing in communities outside of San Miguel de Allende. The very best way to achieve this goal is for EEESMA to have its own passenger van and driver. The support for the purchase and running of a vehicle has been strong, but we still have a way to go. Thank you for considering helping us achieve this lofty goal. Watch for the new GlobalGiving Project coming soon!

And thank you everyone for your continued support in many other important ways, volunteers included, we couldn't do what we do without you. Wishing you the best that Spring 2022 has to offer!
More Golf Fun!
More Golf Fun!
Visiting the Ranch
Visiting the Ranch
Student Servers at Luncheon
Student Servers at Luncheon
The young ones perform
The young ones perform
Haggis enjoyed by all!
Haggis enjoyed by all!

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Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos

A day each November is set aside as a special day to commemorate Day of the Deaf in Mexico. This year at EEESMA it was a low key affair with film, art, games and grilled burgers and hot dogs served outdoors. This day gives the students an opportunity to focus on what makes their Deaf community unique, celebrate their language (Mexican Sign Language) and provide awareness to the hearing community as to what it means to be Deaf. For example:

Why big D vs little d? A person who identifies as being Deaf with an uppercase D is indicating that they are culturally Deaf and belong to the Deaf community. Most Deaf people are sign language users who have been deaf all of their lives. For Deaf people in Mexico, Spanish is a second language and as such they may have a limited opportunity to learn to read and write Spanish. And this is certainly the case for many children in Mexico where a school providing instruction in sign language is, in the majority of cases, unavailable to them.

Deaf Culture Social Club was organized for the first time by the older students of EEESMA on November 13th. Activities were proposed, discussed and decided upon by the students themselves. Included were chess, Jenga, fuzbol, movies, video games, and just plain old socializing! Future activities being considered are films with closed captioning, motivational speakers with sign language translation, and perhaps even music appreciation. The goal is to have the students responsibly organize their own social activities on a regular basis, outside of school, in a safe environment , enabling them to share time with other young people within their own Deaf Community. Let us applaud them and wish them success!

We wish to introduce Elidia When it was time to bring on a new teacher's assistant, the Board of Trustees at EEESMA decided that the best way forward was to hire someone with acceptable skills and credentials living in the San Miguel community. It would be necessary to train that person, teach them sign language, and help them develop the special education skills required; all while on the job. No small task. A collaboration with NGO, Jóvenes Adelante, introduced EEESMA to Elidia. Having recently graduated from university with a Degree in Education, she is currently assisting Juaniz, Director and primary school teacher, with her young charges. Please join us in welcoming Elidia to EEESMA

Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Celebration of Dia de los Sordos
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Social Club
Elidia, Teacher's Assistant
Elidia, Teacher's Assistant

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Escuela de Educacion Especial de San Miguel de Allende AC

Location: San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato - Mexico
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Sharon Doherty
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico
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