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Working With the Deaf

We observe Deaf History Month from March 13th to April 15th, but you can work with hearing-impaired people all year round. Kidzworld has some volunteer info for you to check out!

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Did you know that you don't have to know sign language to work with hearing-impaired people? It's great if you know how to sign, but there are other ways of communicating, like asking them to read your lips, writing down notes on a pad of paper, or using a sign language interpreter. But if you'd like to learn sign language, just head down to your local community center to register for classes.

From the 'Hood to Around the World

There are lots of places to volunteer, even in your own neighborhood! There are camps and clubs for deaf children, where you'll have opportunities to play sports, do arts and crafts, or explore the outdoors together. You can also take it to an international scale and volunteer with The International Deaf Children's Society (IDCS), which helps deaf children around the world, especially in third-world countries. A couple of ways to get involved with the IDCS are to donate some of your allowance or hold a fundraiser at your school to collect cash for the organization. All the money goes to things like setting up sign language courses and buying hearing aid kits for kids.

Did U Know?

  • When hearing-impaired people want to get someone's attention, they'll wave their hands, stomp their feet, or flash their lights three times.
  • When it comes to lip reading, only about 30% of speech is visible on the lips. That means that out of a sentence of 10 words, a deaf person can only read a few words.
  • You know how football teams huddle between plays? That was created in 1894 by the Gallaudet University football team, who would sign in a tight circle to prevent other teams from reading their sign language and finding out what their next play would be!
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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drowning
You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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