Kansas Community To Learn Signing To Communicate With Deaf Child


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Friday July 19, 2013

Residents in the north-central Kansas town of Courtland in Republic County are getting the chance to learn sign language so they can better communicate with a young hearing impaired resident.

The parents of four-year-old Brandt Carlgren say they discovered their son was deaf when he was four weeks old. The Carlgrens say they immediately learned how to sign.

Courtland community librarian Barb Langston brushed up on her signing so Brandt could participate in the library reading hours.

A workshop is being held Friday evening and all day Saturday at the Nesika Energy Facility with two signing instructors from Wichita conducting it.

Brandt's mother Katie says, "I just think that speaks volumes to what Kansas is about and rural Kansas. You don't have to be in a metro area to have support."

About this weekend's signing workshop, Librarian Langston says, "This is a child we hope will grow up and come back here and live here. The more people who can communicate in sign as well as talking will just make it better for him and actually for us."

The parents hoping as many ten percent or more of Courtland area's residents will turn out to learn signing.

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