Students and School Staff Learn Sign Language to Support Little Girl with Hearing Impairment

It is important to provide children with the support they need to succeed, but a school from Maine, Maryland, went all out so a little girl with a hearing impairment could feel like everyone else.

Morey Belanger, a six-year-old student at Dayton Consolidated School, has felt the love and acceptance of fellow students and staff after they started learning sign language.

According to Principal Kimberly Sampietro, officials have been placing sign language posters throughout the school and students have learned how to sign dozens of words.


Teachers have undergone training to incorporate sign language into their classrooms

The institution has over 160 students and staff members, and they have all agreed to become acquainted with sign language so Morey would feel more comfortable and included on a daily basis.

The initiative had a great impact on the six-year-old, who now looks forward to going to school every day. Her mother, Shannon Belanger, said:

It has been reported that Morey was diagnosed when a particularly rare hearing disorder at the age of one. In fact, the condition is so unique that it doesn't even have a name.


This led Morey's parents to be very careful when it came to choosing a school that would care for her special needs and Dayton Consolidated School really stepped up to the challenge.

Sampietro revealed that, besides the posters, teachers have undergone training to incorporate sign language into their classrooms, and in the case of an assembly, sign language support will also be offered.


While having a hearing impairment may seeing debilitating, Morey doesn't let it bring her down, much like Savannah Dahan, a very special fan of Carrie Underwood.

The 8-year-old from Fredrick, Maryland, doesn't allow her hearing impairment stop her from having a good time and proved it by performing Underwood's song "The Champion" through sign language.

Savannah, whose parents and siblings are also deaf, quickly went viral and, so far, her video has already been seen almost 65,000 times ever since it was uploaded to Youtube on March 2019.