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Serial story ‘Opal & The Secret Code’

Serial story ‘Opal & The Secret Code’

Opal & The Secret CodeAuthor Janie Lancaster has created a low-cost, educational project of historical significance for the deaf community (an under-served population) and deaf children who attend your school systems with limited communication in sign language. Lancaster’s nine-installment serial is based on a true story with lesson plans, sign Language graphics, pictures and historical information.

“Deaf and hard of hearing children are isolated in their public schools, and often are the only students who use sign language or have no access to sign language at all,” said the Vermont Association for the Deaf in a statement. “Learning is severely limited when a student needs to watch an interpreter every day, and has no one to sign to or talk with.”

The serial story is historical fiction. It will be cherished and valued by the deaf community and add to their true-to-life history as well as promote compassion and understanding in classrooms.

The story is unique because it tells the story of a deaf girl, Opal Fleming, and how in the 1930s, learning American Sign Language opened up a whole new world for her. It shows how her new language made her feel equal to others and not left out in a dark, lonely world.

Opal’s resilient spirit enabled her to overcome so much in her lifetime. She became a well educated, dignified person loved by so many. For 20 years she was a teacher’s aide at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. She died in 2003.

Newspapers may consider sharing this story with readers during this, the 200th Bicentennial of the first American School for the Deaf. Fees are based on circulation. Learn more and read an excerpt.