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Season 2 Episode 2

American Sign Language is a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English. It is also considered a form of AAC, in the sense that it can be used to augment, or as an alternative communication, but it is good to remind ourselves that this is a fully-formed, rich language of its own. In this episode, two members of the Penn State Sign Language Organization, explain how ASL has been incorporated into a live theater troupe’s repertoire. The Penn State Sign Language Organization is a student run org that consults with an academic faculty member who is skilled in American Sign Language. A key role of the Sign Language Org is teaching that group of performers the signs to specific songs, both to enrich the expression of the performers and also to promote accessibility for audience members.  

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Pieces: The ACRES Podcast

A podcast series run in partnership with the ACRES Project, Pieces focuses on the impact the ACRES Project has on its small town community by highlighting individual’s stories from its participants, staff, and other members of the ACRES network. ACRES is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster independence, self-advocacy, social opportunities, and work/life skills for adults with autism. For more information, check out their website with the link below.