Failure Free Reading

Supplemental Curriculum for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

According to the Deaf Literacy Center, the average reading level of deaf high school graduates in the United States is roughly at the fourth grade level. This project is “dedicated to changing the future of deaf/hard of hearing students in Waterloo” by bridging the gap between American Sign Language and Standard English. The Failure Free Reading program helps deaf students read with full comprehension and signing prosody (head movement, facial expressions, etc.), customizing solutions for the deaf and capitalizing on their strength of sight. It teaches critical vocabulary skills and instills confidence in students’ abilities to learn through petitions, sentence structure, and compelling story content. More than 15 students from Lou Henry Elementary, Hoover Middle, and East High have shown significant reading improvement as a result of this innovative curriculum.