The SpiRIT Writing Contest owes its existence to an earlier writing competition sponsored at RIT/NTID entitled the National Dalgarno Essay Contest. This competition was established and personally sponsored for ten years by the late Professor Emeritus Edward Scouten, and his wife Eleanor, who shared a passion for English literacy and the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Professor and Mrs. Scouten originally named the essay contest after George Dalgarno, a Scottish school teacher and the inventor of the first sign language alphabet. In 1680, Dalgarno published a book in which he presented many theories about the different ways to teach language to people who were deaf. Among those theories was Dalgarno’s firm belief that deaf children could learn to understand and use written English if given the opportunity. Mr. Scouten, in his many years of teaching English at NTID, based much of his philosophy of teaching on Dalgarno’s original theories of the relationship between English, language and deafness.
10th and 11th Grade Students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing can use the
power of words to express their feelings and win prizes in the annual
Rochester Institute of Technology SpiRIT Writing Contest.
Each school district or school for the deaf may submit up to two entries
from deaf or hard-of-hearing students enrolled in 10th or 11th grade.
Visit website (click on Link to More Info, below) for information and to download entry form when it becomes available.
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