Resources Links

American Sign Language 

Online resources you can use to learn ASL - ASL Course spelling practice in ASL practice

ASL Dictionaries:

Other information on ASL classes can be seen under Outreach Community ASL Classes.

General Information 

For families with individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing living in the home, this program offers free visual/vibrating smoke alarms.  Please see the website for details and how to request the smoke alarm:

The Office of the State Fire Marshal recently expanded our free “Get Alarmed Kansas” program to include deaf and hard of hearing alarms. We wanted KSSDB to be aware of the addition since you all may be able to help spread the word about the program. Currently we offer a strobe alarm as well as a bedside clock with a shaker. I’ve attached a picture of both. The only requirements for the program are:

               -KS resident

               -Not live in an institution

               -Complete ALL of the form (which I’ve also attached but can be found at our website

               -Have form signed by a certifying professional listed on form


OSFM website where you can find information about our free smoke alarm program:


If you have any questions:

Public Education & Outreach Consultant

Office of the State Fire Marshal

800 SW Jackson, Suite 104

Topeka, KS   66612-1216

(785) 291-3586 – phone

(785) 296-0151 – fax

Volunteering Opportunities

Calling all Volunteers! Are you interested in volunteering at KSD? We have opportunities in the following areas: 

  • During school hours of 8:00am-3:15pm.
    • Classroom help-Elementary and Secondary, consists of copying, filing, cutting out materials, preparing booklets, bulletin boards, cleaning and organizing shelves of material etc. Intermediate to Conversational Sign Language skills needed. (Ongoing need)
    • Woodshop-cleaning and inventorying materials. Basic to Intermediate Sign Language Skills needed. (Temporary need)
  • During school hours, evenings and possibly weekends
    • Athletics-assisting the Athletic Director as needed, admissions to games, program books etc. (Ongoing need)
    • Theatre-assisting the Drama Teacher with scripts, sets etc. whatever is needed. (Seasonal need-Fall and Spring)
If you are interested and available for any of these please print off the volunteer application, fill it out, include a copy of your drivers license and send it to Kansas School for the Deaf, Attn: Lori Colwell 450 E. Park Olathe, KS 66061. Be sure to include your interest area, availability and level of Sign Language skills.