46 Days and Counting

The countdown is on! We leave for Ghana on January 13, 2012.. yes, that IS Friday the 13th, so… that’s just… great.

First of all a HUGE thank you to those of you who have donated to The Signing Time Foundation (501c3)! I know you didn’t know it, but if you donated $50 or more, you will be getting a handwritten “Thank You” “receipt” from me, with a photo of us in Ghana. (Obviously that will be coming to you after the trip) and that offer still stands, just click the donate button… Warning: It feels good!

Secondly… we have yet another way for you to contribute!!! Check out our limited edition, Signing Time Foundation Ghana 2012 pewter pins! We are making a limited number of these (because that’s what “limited edition” means) so when they are gone… they are GONE! The best part is that this is a very affordable way to make a difference, each pin is $10 and that includes shipping to your U.S. address – and that means that just about $5 of each purchase goes straight to the Ghana 2012 trip. YeeHaw!

The Hopkins Pin and The Rachel Pin

There are two designs to choose from, Hopkins the Frog and THE Rachel “ILY”. Plus we’re using Paypal to make it really easy to order. Your order will ship in 4-6 weeks. To buy single pins visit www.signingtimefoundation.org (but really… why buy 1 when you can buy 2?)
Warning: Buying things for a good cause makes you a good person… be prepared! (results not guaranteed)

(Ok grownups, these are clearly not meant for young children, so… use your good judgement and good sense about things with small removable parts and sharp points <--- that was my Public Service Announcement and was probably better than saying things like: "don't be a ding-dong") And as always you can Chip-in for Africa below, and yes, I know the chip-in doesn't count the "donate" or "buy now" buttons, but we are also aiming to raise $20,000 not just $5,000. If the chip-in widget doesn't show up, just hit refresh, and it should! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving~ and that you enjoyed Black Friday and Cyber Monday! MWAH ~Rachel

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Motivated by her child, Liam's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 22 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: American Sign Language Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at www.mydeafchild.org. For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on www.SignItASL.com. Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. They are parents to Liam who lives in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old. Rachel is now Grandma Ray Ray to Laura's daughter Marley.

10 thoughts on “46 Days and Counting

  1. Awesome!!! Please try to connect with Down Syndrome (DS) International (www.ds-int.org) and Down Syndrome South Africa (www.downsyndrome.org.za), your trip and PINS are particularly unique & timely in light of the DS convention in Cape Town in August, 2012.

    My son with DS relies on signs to help communicate what he wants as he develops his speech clarity. ALL of my three children were able to minimize frustration at early ages using sign language despite the fact they are highly verbal and spoke “early” with or without signing.

    Your wonderful, musical and fun-upbeat programs and videos that highlight people as I’m sure you know are particularly useful for children with DS and other conditions – my son loves music and kids/PEOPLE/faces.

    Please travel safe and continue your phenomenonal journey. I am sure we wi cross paths in person soon, I have lots of ideas for our common shared mission (signing to help increase communication globally!).

  2. Is there a way to buy these pins without using PayPal? ‘Cause after the recent fiasco with them, I’m refusing to use it.

    (However, if there is no other way, the awesomeness of those pins might break me down.)

  3. Signing time has made such a huge difference in my life and my 3 year old’s life. Nathan loves signing time and picks up the signs so quickly . We do not know why he is delayed in his development. But, another awesome connection we now have to signing time is that my parents have spent the last 8 years in Ghana. I spent 8 years of my life in CAR, (Central African Republic). Africa is a beautiful, awesome place sure to change your life. Oh that I was going!!!

  4. I have a Kinderpack Preschool/Petite carrier. I don’t know if the petite straps will work for you, but I would like to send it to you as a gift from our family to yours. Please email me. Happy New Year Coleman family! May the new year bring additional blessings upon your family.

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