2017 ITDHH Fingerspelling Bee

 2017 ITDHH

Fingerspelling Bee


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

11:00 a.m.

Illinois State University

Bone Student Center

Prairie Room South


The Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ITDHH) is pleased to present the 2017 Illinois Fingerspelling Bee. Competitors must have a hearing loss and be enrolled in a school in Illinois. We invite competitors from any type of educational setting, including, but not limited to, residential, mainstreamed, public, or private school. For example, competitors can be mainstreamed or in self contained classrooms, with a full-time teacher, with an interpreter, or an itinerant teacher. 

Much gratitude is extended to the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission for the extensive materials developed during past successful bees, as well as the assistance provided to our organization this year.

This packet contains the forms and information needed to participate in the 2017 Illinois Fingerspelling Bee. Included please find:

  • Registration and Information
  • Rules and Procedures
  • Registration Form
  • Parent/Guardian Consent Form
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Hosting a Local Spelling Bee
  • Advisor Agreement Form
  • Word Lists


Students participating in the event must have the following forms completed and submitted by March 11, 2017. Forms may be mailed or emailed.

  • Registration Form
  • Advisor Agreement Form
  • Parent/Guardian Form



Click below to access the word list documents:

5th & 6th graders- GroupAWordlist_2017.docx

7th & 8th graders- B_Group_Word_List_3_complete.docx

         Tiebreaker list- Tiebreaker list.pdf



Competitors with a hearing loss are able to participate in the event regardless of their communication method; however, all words at the Fingerspelling Bee will be presented only in sign language using the designated signs and without voice. The appropriate signs can be found at the links to the YouTube videos below. All students will be given the same opportunity to learn the provided signs. Definitions and sentences will be available in a written format during the competition.

Group A Signs

         Group B Signs

         Tiebreaker List Signs



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