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Expanding American Sign Language Services in FSM

A team from WorldTeach, Gallaudet University/Gallaudet University Regional Center of the Pacific, and the University of Hawai'i Center on Disability Studies/Pacific Deaf-Blind Project visited Pohnpei State on the 10th -13th of September, 2012.


A team from WorldTeach, Gallaudet University/Gallaudet University Regional Center of the Pacific and the University of Hawai'i Center on Disability Studies/Pacific Deaf-Blind Project visited Pohnpei State on the 10th -13th of September, 2012.

The purpose of the team’s visit is to start a Deaf WorldTeach Program in Pohnpei and Chuuk. The team hoped to place at least three Deaf WorldTeach volunteers in Pohnpei. The cost would be approximately $10,000 per volunteer to the WorldTeach Program. The main responsibilities of the deaf WorldTeach volunteers would be to (a) teach American Sign Language (ASL) at College of Micronesia-FSM; (b) peer teach ASL with local teachers at high schools, elementary schools, and early childhood programs; (c) teach ASL to deaf community on Pohnpei and Chuuk; and (d) work with Early Intervention Programs most especially babies that have been identified through the Early Hearing Detection Intervention (newborn screening program at the hospital) and their families. 

The team is also seeking financial assistance through Special Education, Health, EHDI program, and COM-FSM. When the program is implemented, it will benefit both the deaf communities in FSM as well as the deaf WoldTeach volunteers as they will gain new experiences living and teaching in this region.

As part of the visit, the team met with FSM Secretary of Education, Pohnpei Directors of Health and Education Departments, FSM and Pohnpei Special Education Offices, parents, students, and other stakeholders.


For more information, please contact us or Pohnpei Special Education office at 691-320-6529.