Welcome!

Advancing early language acquisition for deaf children through quality educational programming in American Sign Language

Welcome

Welcome to ASL Friends.  Our nonprofit organization has promoted American Sign Language (ASL) for young deaf children and their families since 2005.  Since then, many wonderful things have happened thanks to the internet’s rapid expansion.  ASL resources have become available in many homes, research centers such as the Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center at Gallaudet University have advanced the study of early language acquisition in deaf children, and ultimately Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) drafted model legislation for states that would ensure deaf children have an opportunity to acquire command of their native language prior to entering kindergarten. 

We hope our website will serve as a guide to explore the richness of this visual language, American Sign Language.  It is never too late to begin your journey into learning a new language!  Please send your questions or suggestions to contact@aslfriends.org or visit us on Facebook @ASLFriends.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance early language acquisition for deaf children through quality educational programming in American Sign Language.

Background

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.

 

Contact Us

contact@aslfriends.org
928 Brodhead Road
Suite 4
Moon Twp, PA 15108
724.713.1402

 

Board of Directors

Kimberly Nussbaum

Kimberly Nussbaum

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Clark

Laura Clark

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'

Kristi Locklin
Staff Writer
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.”

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Pilot Project Introduces Sign Language to Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Neighborhood News
April, 2009

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.

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PRHS Students Develop Website Designs for ASL Readers, Inc.

Rachel Hathhorn
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.
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ASL Friends, Inc receives 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Award

Pittsburgh Award Program
June, 2017

ASL Friends Inc has been selected for the 2017 Best of Pittsburgh Ward in the Community Organizations category by the Pittsburgh  Award Program.

Each year, the Pittsburgh Award Program identifies companies…
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Give to ASL Friends!

Thank you for joining our efforts to make Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood accessible through American Sign Language.

Any funds solicited for ASL Friends, Inc. are not being solicited by, or on behalf of, Fred Rogers Productions.