Advancing early language acquisition for deaf children through quality educational programming in American Sign Language
Join our efforts to make “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” accessible through American Sign Language! This valuable resource “Mister Rogers’ ASL Friends” has been proven to bring over 70 signs to families with deaf children through one, 30-minute episode!
Deaf children more than anything need access to language. American Sign Language provides 100% accessibility leading to command of a first language (L1). From here, the sky’s the limit! Fluency in a first language is the number one predictor of success in a second language (L2) or written English.
Let’s raise the 4th grade ceiling for literacy for deaf children in America by introducing them to the rich, timeless programming of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Fred Rogers carefully crafted each program to the developmental needs of 3-5 year olds. By adding Deaf signers, “Mister Rogers ASL Friends” becomes an essential language model for young deaf children and their families.
Our mission is to promote language acquisition for deaf children, while supporting family communication, through early educational programming in American Sign Language (ASL).
October 3, 2005, ASL Readers, Inc. (currently ASL Friends, Inc.) incorporated with the intention of raising literacy levels for deaf high school graduates through early language intervention. On November 3, 2006, our organization received tax-exempt 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service for the purpose of adapting spoken and written English educational materials into ASL creating accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
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Board of Directors
Founder, President & Treasurer
As founder and president of ASL Friends, Kim brings her expertise in deaf education, interpreting, and motherhood. “It is a honor to be a part of making Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood accessible through American Sign Language. I am grateful for my Deaf colleagues and friends who have patiently shared their language with me through the years.”
“Our production team is second to none! Their dedication and professionalism will make Mister Rogers’ ASL Friends a success as will our committed Board of Directors. We have been blessed through the years to have the right people contribute our mission exactly when they were needed most.”
Kim and her husband Dr. Paul collaborate on the benefits of American Sign Language on Brain Health and enjoy life through the eyes of grandparents!
Susan Di Iorio Miller
Founding Board Member & Vice-President
As a founding board member of ASL Friends, Sue has helped to steer the organization from its infancy and continues to support multiple needs as they arise. With her experience in production, she has taken the lead to oversee the production projects of ASL Friends.
Susan graduated from Rosemont College with her degree in Social Science and a concentration in Psychology. She currently works at the Brain Health Center and is a champion on the Paddle Court.
Together with her husband Tom, they have two sons.
Secretary & Assistant Treasurer
Laura is a dynamic executive, adept to working in an entrepreneurial environment within financial services. She graciously assumed the role of Secretary and Assistant Treasurer to best serve ASL Friends.
Laura supports financial inclusion initiatives as VP of Prepaid Business Development with Mastercard, bringing with her over 25 years of experience within the payments industry. Prior to MasterCard, Laura was a member of the original national sales team for the then start-up venture Discover Card.
Laura earned her BS degree in Management Science and Marketing from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She and her husband live in Wexford, PA. Laura enjoys traveling to spend time with their three grown sons, theater, reading, music, and photography; she is an active member of Orchard Hill Church and a community volunteer.
Media & Awards
Nonprofit group welcoming deaf children into 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood'
Pine Creek Journal, 2008
The Pine resident established ASL Readers Inc., a nonprofit group that is working to bring American Sign Language to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Pilot Project Introduces Sign Language to Mister Rogers Neighborhood
Even though Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, like all PBS programming, offers closed captioning, most preschool children cannot yet read the captions that scroll across the bottom of the screen.
PRHS Students Develop Website Designs for ASL Readers, Inc.
Pine-Richland School District 2011
Pine-Richland High School students take their classroom lessons into the real world. Students in Teacher Valerie Klosky’s fourth-period web page design class helped design the American Sign Language (ASL) Readers, Inc. first web page.
ASL Friends, Inc receives 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Award
Pittsburgh Award Program
ASL Friends Inc has been selected for the 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Ward in the Community Organizations category by the Pittsburgh Award Program.
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Any funds solicited for ASL Friends, Inc. are not being solicited by, or on behalf of, Fred Rogers Productions.