SignKids: Bridging Communication & Cultivating Identity Through Arts & Play

What is #SignKids?

SignKids, a transformative program by CymaSpace, addresses the prevalent issue of language deprivation among Deaf and Hard of Hearing children while strengthening bonds between Deaf parents and their hearing children. Enriched by art-centric activities, this initiative fosters an environment where American Sign Language (ASL) is not just taught, but naturally acquired and developed. As a bridge between Deaf and hearing worlds, SignKids promotes understanding, inclusivity, and communication, thereby addressing key community needs.

Deaf children engage in dynamic ASL activities, art, storytelling, and play, fostering a vibrant linguistic environment that promotes their cognitive and social development. Hearing children and parents also partake in this immersive ASL experience, bridging the communication gap and fostering deeper connections within families and the wider community. In addition to language development, SignKids provides Deaf children a strong sense of cultural identity through interactions with Deaf mentors and participation in Deaf-centric activities.

SignKids is more than a program—it’s a supportive network that combats isolation, nurtures mutual understanding, and celebrates diversity. Collaborations with local schools, art museums, and community organizations extend its reach, emphasizing accessibility and inclusivity, and fortifying the principles of disability justice in the wider society.

We envision SignKids as a catalyst for change, transforming the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth, as well as their families, by enhancing ASL proficiency, cultural identity, and community connections. We seek your support in extending this transformative experience to more children and families, contributing to a more inclusive and equitable society.

Sign up for a session here!

What to expect when you arrive.

At our SignKids summer program, you can expect an enriching environment full of creativity, connection, and community. Arriving to CymaSpace can be a little confusing for first-timers, there is easy street-parking but be mindful of restrictions near the railroad and look for signage from PGE and the railroad operators. You can enter the doorway on SE Haig St with the “CymaSpace” sign (or ring the doorbell). We also have an ADA accessible entrance on SE 18th Ave. You’ll be greeted by one of our volunteer chaperones and your family will be briefly oriented and led to the crafts and activities area. Please note we are an active working space with a full Media Lab, Green Screen, Makerspace and Computer Lab. Please do not let your children wander into these work areas and be respectful of the workspaces and our community arts projects.

Our SignKids sessions, led by a dedicated Deaf ASL mentor, feature a variety of hands-on activities such as art projects, storytelling, and play, all intertwined with American Sign Language learning. Your family will be part of an inclusive setting where Deaf culture is celebrated, and you can deepen your ASL skills together. We have a small kitchen and an ADA accessible bathroom. Please bring your own food and be ready to assist your children with their lunch and any other personal needs. Your responsibilities include helping maintain a safe and tidy space and engaging fully in the activities with your child. Be prepared for an event of fun, growth, and the opportunity to forge lasting friendships within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Limited Capacity Notice.

Due to limited capacity and staffing, we can support 4 families per session at this time. Due to high demand. If you would like to attend multiple sessions, please consider reserving your slot every other week to allow other families a turn to attend. It is also a good idea to check the evening before if any slots are remaining or if a waitlist spot has opened up. Thank you for understanding!

Liability Waiver & Code of Conduct.

Please read through our liability waiver, code of conduct and emergency plan. We require that you bring with you the first two pages signed and printed. Just one per family is required for the whole Summer program.

Access & Accommodations

Our facilities are wheelchair and mobility device ADA accessible, larger devices might need to use our garage door entrance (our volunteers are on hand to support). We have a portable open captioning system that uses Google Live Transcribe to translate speech to text but we encourage non-verbal dialog and communication as much as possible. Our facilities are scent free but there might be smells or sounds from the neighboring auto detailer and a hemp and CBD oil maker next door, this happens rarely and usually on a different day of the week but we want you to be aware just in case. Please make any other accommodation requests to or to the ASL mentor during the session, the more advance notice, the better we can support you.

Can you support more families to join?

We are seeking fiscal support and sponsorships to help expand the number of families we can support. If you, or anyone you know might be interested in donating to, or sponsoring this event, please reach out to .


What is CymaSpace?

  • Accessibility & Inclusion

    CymaSpace is a leading advocate for accessibility and inclusion within performing arts, cultural events, and media broadcasting for DHH people. We are constantly striving to find new ways to ensure our venue and events are inclusive, especially to DHH  communities.

  • Technology & Arts Incubator

    We provide incubator services for new fledgling organizations and communities that are exploring emerging concepts in combining technology and the arts.

  • Education & Outreach

    We provide educational opportunities for artists, the general public and other performance venues interested in incorporating our unique, cymatic concepts into their work.

  • Cymatic Study

    CymaSpace is an epicenter for Cymatic study and we are committed to raising awareness of and promoting the benefits of Cymatics (the science and study of sound made visible).