The Shared Reading Project supports literacy and language acquisition by helping parents learn to read to their deaf or hard of hearing child in American Sign Language. Books and accompanying materials are loaned to families, and specially trained deaf adults tutor parents in effective ways to read to their deaf and hard of hearing children.
The Resource Center has two nationally certified Shared Reading instructors that can provide free training to deaf tutors for Missouri organizations and agencies that want to add the Shared Reading Project as a service they provide. The organizations and agencies are responsible for funding the tutors.
The Resource Center does not provide Shared Reading Project tutors, but project materials are available through the Resource Center's Families First program. Families enrolled in the program may request materials through their parent advisor.
The Shared Reading Project is designed by the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. Visit the Shared Reading Project Website for more information.