Arts, Culture, and Humanities

ASL Friends Inc.

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.aslfriends.org

Mission Statement

We believe that meaningful communication in the home is an essential building block of literacy. Our mission at ASL Friends, Inc. is to develop and promote the Mister Rogers' ASL Friends project as a model of American Sign Language.

Main Programs

  1. Mister Rogers' ASL Friends
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2005

Self-reported

Mrs. Kimberly L. Nussbaum

Keywords

Self-reported

"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," American Sign Language, Literacy, Deafness, Hard-of-Hearing

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EIN

13-4309009

 Number

7288243924

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Film, Video (A31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We have an exciting opportunity to provide an essential resource for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families. Mister Rogers' ASL Friends opens the door to family communication. Our research shows that by viewing the program together deaf children, their parents, and siblings discover new ways to communicate with each other through American Sign Language. Top Accomplishments 2012-2013 1) Welcomed Laura Clark as a Board Member and business manager 2) Extensive development of Skilled Volunteer job descriptions in the areas of outreach/distribution, fund raising, and social media3) 22,000+ views on YouTube of the Mister Rogers' ASL Friends pilot segment 4) Successful 1st Annual North Hills Garden Tour fundraiser in partnership with N2 Publishing. 5) Participated in the Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving 2012 Top Goals for 2013-2014 1) Raise funds for 1-week production of Mister Rogers' ASL Friends 2) Produce 1 theme week of "Mister Rogers' ASL Friends." 3) Recruit Skilled Volunteers for fund raising and distribution

Programs

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Program 1

Mister Rogers' ASL Friends

Goal Year 1: To produce one ""theme"" week of programming or 5, thirty-minute episodes of Mister Rogers' ASL Friends in DVD or download format. Each week of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a theme in early childhood. The original Neighborhood program will be adapted by inserting native American Sign Language (ASL) signers onto the existing program. Several steps are involved: 1) Native ASL signers will audition for each character and puppet role. 2) Selected signers will translate their script into American Sign Language, to be approved by the ASLTA Consultant (American Sign Language Teachers Association.) 3) The professional signers dressed in costume will be video recorded signing the script into ASL. 4) The signing footage will be carefully edited and inserted onto the existing Mister Rogers' Neighborhood format in-sync with the spoken word. Award winning Deaf-director, James DeBee will manage the project from start to finish. James' unique set of skills makes him the ideal selection for making Mister Rogers' ASL Friends a success.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Physically Disabled nec

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$92,296.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Funding Needs

Top 5 Needs: Funding for production costs: $92,296.45Funding for clearances: $25,000Funding for archives: $17,500Funding for operations: $8,000Volunteer Coordinator

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ASL Friends Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Kimberly L. Nussbaum

BIO

After being awarded a 2-year fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh, Kim earned her Master's Degree in Deaf Education with an emphasis on language acquisition. Prior to completing her education, Kim served as a sign language interpreter for 10 years. In addition, Kim was employed at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Together with her husband Paul, they have enjoyed the privilege of raising 3 sons during the past 22 years. In January 2014 they are looking forward to opening the Brain Health Center in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" Fred Rogers' eyes smiled when we discussed making Mister Rogers' Neighborhood accessible through American Sign Language. It meant a great deal to him knowing that one day the Neighborhood would connect with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. He was near retirement when he noticed me reading a poster on the wall outside of his office: "Although children's 'outsides' may have changed a lot in the past 30 years, their inner needs have remained very much the same. Society seems to be pushing children to grow faster, but their developmental tasks have remained constant. No matter what lies ahead, children always need to know that they are loved and capable of loving. Anything that adults can do to help in this discovery will be our greatest gift to the future." -Fred Rogers In a moment I will never forget, Fred Rogers unpinned that poster and gave it to me. The 1998 wall calendar "Celebrating 30 Years in Your Neighborhood" still hangs in my office today. Fred Rogers was my childhood hero. I could count on him for deep, meaningful conversations about life. If I was having a bad day, his enthusiasm as he sang, "It's Such a Good Feeling To Know Your Alive" would make me smile. These days I have been reflecting upon his message: "That people can like you just the way you are." How important that we accept our neighbor knowing that we are all one. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Kimberly L. Nussbaum

Community Volunteer

Term: Oct 2005 - Sept 2012

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