Have We Made A Difference For You? ~ A Letter to You, From Me

Dear Friend,
Here at Two Little Hands, we have been told by TV executives that our newest shows are too educational for television. I don’t think our shows teach too much – I think most TV shows teach too little.
So, we’ve decided to take our new show, Rachel & The TreeSchoolers, directly to you through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter!
What is Kickstarter?

  1. It’s a website where anyone can pitch an idea for a project.
    In our case, we are pitching our new show, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers.
  2. If you like the idea, you can “back it” by making a pledge.
    Whether you donate $1, $10, or $10,000, every bit helps!
  3. If you “back it,” you get a reward.
    You can get DVDs of Rachel & The TreeSchoolers. The more you pledge, the more exciting the rewards. At one pledge level, I’ll even write you a song!
  4. If we reach our goal, the project gets funded and you’ll get your rewards. Our funding goal is $50,000. (If we go beyond and reach $500,000 we can complete all 12 TreeSchoolers shows!)
  5. If we don’t reach our funding goal, we get nothing, you don’t get a reward, and you won’t be charged. It’s all or nothing.


We are committed to making shows that:
  • Engage children through movement, music, and language
  • Empower and educate children
  • Teach values
  • Make a real difference


The truth is we can only continue to make shows if we know there is a demand for them. If our shows Signing Time and Baby Signing Time have made a difference for someone you love, now you can make a difference for the next generation of children by backing Rachel & The Treeschoolers on Kickstarter.



Thank you!


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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. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. www.deafchildren.org Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 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: ASL 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 Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. 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.

8 thoughts on “Have We Made A Difference For You? ~ A Letter to You, From Me

  1. Dear Rachel,

    A stranger just told me about your TV show, today, since I have impaired hearing….
    She signs, she recommended I try Signing Times and found you no longer are on public TV, a terrible shame.

    I read on your site about your trying to get backers, sponsors, financial support to help your show.

    Just an idea here, but Have you tried contact with Deaf Actors, such as Anthony Natale? Pick his brain for referrals, ideas or perhaps even his assist in financial support?? Surely he must have wonderful ideas for you all.

    The Best of Luck to you always.
    God Bless you all,

    R Roberts

  2. I think it’s ironic that you have a deaf daughter and yet you don’t caption your videos. Unfortunately I’m not going to back your project until your videos become accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people such as myself.

      • hello Rachel,

        We have a newborn who has severe neurological issues. They don’t think he can see or hear and he hardly moves. He has infantile spasms. All that to say, we bring him home shortly and I am on the prowl on how I may be able to safely carry him around even though he is vented, trached and gtubed and does not hold up his own head. I just can’t bear to think that he will continue to lay on a bed or sit in a stroller and yet he is so fragile. I think about your determination to carry your child and I wish for more safe ideas so that he can move with me and feel that and feel secure in that and even empowered to try himself against all the odds of what doctors are saying. Any ideas you may have would be awesome! Your story is inspiring and I will be looking into the Signing tools you have to help this sweet baby interact at whatever level he is able! Thank you…Carol (this has nothing to do with the attached post..just didn’t see a way to contact you)

  3. dt: You are not making sense. I’m talking about the kickstarter project video. I do not understand a single word that Rachel is saying. How can I support such a project that is inaccessible to so many people? By law, all videos sold to the public have to be captioned so the Treeschoolers video will have captions (hopefully!). Not all deaf people know sign language thus captions are essential.

  4. Hi Rachel,

    First, I want to thank you greatly for Signing Time. My son Liam, who has down syndrome, has enjoyed it immensely and learned from them effortlessly with the wonderful engaging format you have done.

    I was looking you up online to get more information about your products and what you’re doing and I noticed that you’re doing a kick starter and planning on producing more educational products.

    I’m a Web Developer by trade. My business partner and I have, combined, 45 years of software development experience. I joined Microsoft at 18 and worked for them for 7 years on MSN.com, have run Zumiez.com (an 400 store chain with online store) and worked for several years for MicrosoftStore.com. My business partner is the effective patented inventor of Business Intelligence in the software industry through a multi-dimensional spreadsheet product he built.

    My business partner and I focus on building instant Web Applications which act and work just like desktop/windows applications rather than websites. These applications work well across desktop computers, mobile devices, tablets, etc. We are both very interested in Education and are very passionate about it. I’m contacting you to see if you are available to discuss what you are planning for the next evolution of Signing Time and whether we may be of some assistance with that.

    Please contact me. We would enjoy having a short discussion with you about your direction and how we may be of assistance.

    Thank you and kind regards,
    Jeff Fischer
    Goal-Driven Solutions

  5. I wanted to say thank you. I have had 2 quarters of ASL needed for a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I just finished this March of 2013. My daughter and granddaughter live with us and I notice my grand-daughter stopped with the double sounds and regressed. Turns out she is hard of hearing. Tubes have been placed in her ears, and her first language is ASL. She is two years old now and knows alot of signs, thanks to your program. My daughter knows a little ASL from your program, and is learning more with your program. We have the deaf sister missionaries teaching us more ASL and reading to my grand-daughter using ASL stories. And to help with our signing, we are attending the deaf branch, Portland Heights, in Portland, OR. Thank you so much.

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