How one young actor is using American Sign Language in animation

At only 12 years old, Shaylee Mansfield is already breaking new ground with the animated series “Madagascar: A Little Wild.” Despite her youth, it still took her a while to get here.

In an interview with Salon, she said she started acting “by accident,” but according to her mother, Mansfield was “born with a camera.” At a young age, she began making videos with her family for their YouTube channel ASL Nook, which teaches American Sign Language (ASL) and aspects of Deaf culture.

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Direct Support Professional – ASL Fluent (Job Posting)

Note: the posting came from Community Interactions directly. It should be noted that the link below is no good and their website does not list this job. Instead, apply to the other similar postings (in the Delaware State area – will be in Wilmington area, ignore other state postings) and tell them you are interested in this ASL job. Their job listing can be found at

Dec. 28, 2021 Update: The ASL posting is now officially out online!!!  Community Interactions fixed the original posting and now it is visible!  Go to for the latest’s updates.  Do note the pay for the job went up also ($14-15 to $15-18)!

Posted:         – Closing Date:  Until Positions are Filled


Job Title:                                    Direct Support Professional – ASL Fluent

Department:                              Delaware Residential Services

Reports To:                                Team Leader, Delaware Programs and Services

FLSA/Internal Code:                Exempt, Full Time Position / L2

Salary Range:                            Salary is commensurate with experience

FLSA/Internal Code:                Non-Exempt, Full Time, Part Time and Weekend Part Time Positions/ L2;  Anticipated Salary Range:  $ 14.00 – $ 15.00 per hour

Qualifications:                                    Minimum qualifications include:


Summary of Responsibilities:

The ASL Proficient Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for providing quality person-centered services to assigned ASL individuals receiving support services, as a key member of a team of professionals.  As a direct support professional, the ASL DSP maintains balance between supporting the individual’s growth, including the dignity of risk, and the provision of supports and services needed to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the individual, according to Individual Service/Support Plans.  The primary role of this position will provide support and assist individuals with daily life essential and routine activities while communicating with them through American Sign Language.


Qualifications:                                    Minimum qualifications include:

Two – five years’ experience working with American Sign Language individuals who may be dual diagnosed or with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  Candidates should possess minimum education of a GED or High School Diploma.  Successful candidates must be ASL proficient and use ASL as their primary method of communication.  Candidates must also complete annual ASL Training through a Certified American Sign Language Provider. 


Incumbents must be 21 years of age (preferred) with a valid driver’s license with no restrictions, or at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and 3 years of driving history;
Experience working with individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities is preferred.


Successful candidates must be ASL fluent, may be required to transport individuals in their personal vehicle.  Incumbents are responsible to ensure a valid driver’s license with no less than 3 years of a clean driving record with no restrictions on driver’s license.  Incumbent’s vehicle must meet the State’s minimum requirements for maintaining valid automobile insurance and current vehicle registration. 


Summary of Responsibilities: 


The Direct Support Professional (DSP) is responsible for providing quality person-centered services to Individuals.  The incumbent is responsible for mentoring and supporting Individuals along with ensuring their health, welfare and safety according to Individual Service/Support Plans. The position will include Life Skills support including general housekeeping, shopping, personal hygiene and supporting individuals with activities both within the home and out in the community.  Staff will be trained and expected to administer medication and required to complete annual State mandated training in order to support our residential and day programs under the direction of the State of Delaware.  The Direct Support Professional is responsible for meeting service expectations of their assigned customers and families, as well as that of funders and licensing entities, under the supervision of the Team Leader/Team Facilitator.


  • A Direct Support Professional (DSP) provides direct supports, which could include lifting and other physical activity for individuals whose primary method of communication is through American Sign Language.  The DSP may also be required to perform general housekeeping, shopping, office duties, requiring the ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time.  The ability to transport Individuals from program sites to community activities is required. 
  • Ensures Quality Assurance visits to primarily ASL Residential Programs to include weekends and hours outside of 9am to 5pm on weekdays; 
  • Develops and maintains staffing schedules, monitors and approves payroll for all direct reports and provides supportive supervision to ASL proficient staff assigned to the Residential Program(s);
  • Responsible for adhering to the daily, weekly and / or monthly staffing schedule and performing those duties as outline for the assigned shift;
  • Updates individuals’ daily activities in Therap and administers Medication in accordance with the Medication Administration Report and LLAM;
  • Monitors individual’s assigned personal finances and maintains receipts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Guidelines;
  • Operates an Agency vehicle and updates vehicle maintenance reports in accordance with Fleet Management Guidelines;
  • Participates in all staff training, meetings and ensure regulatory compliance;
  • May participates in LSP and other Team Meetings.  Attends team meetings and works collaboratively with other team members. Adheres to Health Care Administration updates, attends and documents medical appointments in Therap;
  • Maintains effective working relationships with peers, supervisors and direct reports by encouraging and modeling professional interactions that reflect accountability, trust and respect;
  • Sustains an organizational culture of integrity that promotes direct and open communication, participation in decision-making, transparency in operations, and encouragement of appropriate discretionary judgment and innovative ideas and solutions;
  • Strong communication skills, presentation skills, interpersonal, problem-solving skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team.  Supports the ongoing initiatives of Programs and Services;
  • Ensures that individuals have alternative methods of communication with include TTY, ASL, Face Time, iPad and other methods to ensure their ability to communicate their needs, advocate for their individual rights and remain an active part of their community and families;
  • Able to meet both the physical and essential requirements of the position as outlined in the job description.


CI offers excellent benefits to Full Time and Part Time limited hourly positions.  These benefits include comprehensive, low cost medical and dental, and up to 17 days of PTO time annually. Many of our Part Time and Flexible Schedule/PRN employees find their work with our Individuals to be a rewarding way to earn additional income, as variable hour shifts allow for the flexibility working parents and professionals need. 

All New Hires are required to successfully complete pre-employment screening, including a criminal background check*, review of driving history, physical, TB Screening, and pre-employment drug testing.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act

We practice CDC / Pandemic Guidelines and provide state of the art Personal Protective Equipment for both our staff and Individuals.


External Applicants can apply online by logging onto or email your resume to  You can also fax your resume to (484) 423 – 1198.  Internal applicants (employees) can complete a Transfer Request in Paycom by logging into your Employee Self-Serve.  Access the directory, Company Information.  Click on the drop-down Job Opportunities to review the posting and complete your application.  #zr


*A criminal record will not prohibit employment.

Portal Video Calls Can Now Have a Sign Language Interpreter Onscreen

Meta now offers Video Relay Services on Portal to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing communicate more easily with family, friends, and coworkers.

A step up from the text-based Telecommunications Relay Services, VRS links users with a qualified onscreen interpreter, who volleys the conversation back and forth in American Sign Language with the deaf party, and by voice with the hearing party. The feature was made possible through a collaboration with ZP Better Together, which offers video interpreting and communication solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Note: Meta was formerly Facebook.

Cummings vs Premier Rehab Oral Argument (Supreme Court live streaming)

Cummings vs Premier Rehab Oral Argument will be airing in C-span online and television tomorrow as of Tuesday, November 30th at 10:00 AM (EST)

Support the good cause for the Deaf Community in United States is to provide the interpreter(s) in near future. Ms. Cummings is DeafBlind herself and was denied interpreters. The main issue in court being heard is about emotional distress damages not ASL interpreter denial which impacts us all. See links below for more info.

Watch live at

Key issues covered here –

More info on the case –

10-year-old child actor fluent in ASL breaks barriers doing work for Disney, Starbucks

A child actor from is breaking barriers as an up and coming star, interpreting ASL for Disney and debuting in an international Starbucks commercial — all within the past two months.

October is National Disability Awareness Month and 10-year-old Norah Luna said nothing is stopping her. Through an ASL interpreter, Norah Luna said it’s been her dream to become a Hollywood actress.

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AMC Theaters offer Open Captioned showing at select locations

** Note: there are no AMC theaters in Delaware, although they exist just across the state line so check listing below for a location near you or when you go on vacation and want this option. **

Open Doors to New Worlds with Open Captions

See new movies with a text display of descriptions and dialogue on the big screen. Find Open Caption (ON-SCREEN SUBTITLE) showtimes at select theatres.

HEDGE Comic Talk

Thu, October 14, 2021

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Are you a fan of science fiction/fantasy, graphic novels, or comic books? If so, this event is for you!

A LIVE event for Deaf and Hearing Communities:

Are you and/or your children, nieces, nephews, cousins, Godchildren, students, neighbors, or even friends fascinates with COMIC BOOKS?? If so, this event is just for you!

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7p EST, Sistah Scifi will be hosting a VIRTUAL live event, where Thomas will be talking about his new upcoming comic book series HEDGE.

HEDGE is about “A Deaf teen exploring the world of magic in New York City as she is being hunted by a secret society of Witches who cover her power”.

An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided.

Click on the link below to register for this event:

– Thanks to Deafinitions for sharing the news.