Deaf Children Can Learn Dangers of Drugs With Video Curriculum

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing now have access to substance abuse information through the Tobey's Tales prevention project.

The project is part of Awakenings, an alcohol and drug abuse recovery program serving deaf adults 18 years and older. Awakenings is one of the many prevention and treatment programs of the Southeast Council on Alcoholism and Drug Problems Inc. in Downey.

Tobey's Tales is an educational curriculum created when Awakenings staff members realized that there was no prevention education available for deaf children in the United States. The goal is to help deaf and hard of hearing children in kindergarten through sixth grade develop the self-esteem needed to resist peer pressure on using alcohol and drugs.

Tobey, a magical dog, talks to children in American Sign Language, teaching them the dangers of substance abuse. The curriculum includes coloring books, buttons, poster, a Tobey videotape and guides for parents and teachers. The Tobey's Tales video is a recent winner of the Silver Apple award at the 1991 National Educational Film and Video Festival.

To use the curriculum, contact the Awakenings program at 923-0969.

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