Local "Mompreneur" Snags Emmy-Nominated Artist for Area Benefit Concert
Ashland infant/toddler sign-language instructor hosting star of PBS & Nick Jr's Signing Time series.
Ashland, MA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
Lane Rebelo first fell in love with sign language as a way to successfully communicate with her infant daughter months before the baby could speak. Rebelo took that passion, and with a driven commitment to learn more and more American Sign Language (ASL), grew it into a popular local business.
As a start-up going back to 2009, her company, Tiny-Signs, offers classes around MetroWest that teach parents as well as their infants and young children of all abilities essential sign language with engaging songs and playful activities that accelerate and enrich communication. Alongside her family-oriented offerings, Rebelo's friendly, accessible style and BC training as a social worker have helped her quickly become the go-to source for on-site sign language classes and staff training for preschool and daycare facilities around Massachusetts.
Now, Rebelo has set her sights on a new goal, organizing and promoting a benefit concert and an intimate pre-show story-time next weekend featuring Rachel Coleman, the Emmy-nominated star of Signing Time, a hit PBS and Nick Jr. show. Signing Time's successful formula of catchy songs and simple, accessible instruction have introduced American Sign Language to children across the nation and around the world. Now, area families can see her perform live in MetroWest Boston.
On Saturday, August 18, Lane Rebelo will be hosting "Rachel Coleman of Signing Time, Live in Concert" at MassBay Community College's McKenzie Auditorium in Wellesley, MA. (more info: http://www.signingtimefoundation.org/boston) The 3:30 pm concert will benefit the Signing Time Foundation which Coleman founded to teach children of all abilities how to communicate using American Sign Language (ASL), having seen firsthand the miracles that can come from using sign language.
As the mother of a daughter who is deaf, and another who has cerebral palsy and spina bifida, Coleman has spent the last 10 years making sign language fun and accessible for all children through the Signing Time series. Whether used by a pre-verbal infant, a non-verbal child with disabilities, or a family who simply wants to learn ASL as a second language, Signing Time reaches children with diverse learning styles and encourages interaction through signing, singing, speaking and moving.
While most people might think of sign language as something only for the Deaf community, thousands of parents are seeing that all children can accelerate their language and reading development through the unique blend of sign language, written word, song and video modeling used in Signing Time.
Now, with fundraisers like Saturday's concert, the Coleman's Signing Time Foundation (a non-profit organization), Coleman is dedicated to making sign language an invaluable resource for all children, creating a world in which all children can express themselves and be understood. For more information, please visit http://www.signingtimefoundation.org .
Rebelo was thrilled to learn that one of her own student's family had made a contribution to enable ten families of children with special needs to attend a private fundraising event with Ms. Coleman. This event is only made possible through ticket sales, company sponsors and individual donors. Also essential are the volunteers who will be giving their time and energy. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Signing Time Foundation. Donations made online or at the concert will also benefit the Signing Time Foundation, and will be tax-deductible.
- Lane Rebelo and Rachel Coleman are available for interviews prior to or at the concert
- Media are invited to cover the concert and private story time with Ms. Coleman with video and photography
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