According to Rachel Coleman, "Signing Time is a labor of love, born out of the desire for one mother to create a community that could communicate with her deaf daughter." Along with her sister, folksinger Rachel Coleman created the first Signing Time videos hoping to teach her family and friends American Sign Language, when her daughter Leah was born profoundly deaf. The amazing music created a sensation and eventually the show aired on PBS for several years, and it is slowly coming back to some public television stations, where it can continue changing families’ lives all over the country.
Learning ASL allowed Rachel to communicate with not only her daughter Leah, but also her second daughter, Lucy, who was born hearing, but with Spina Bifida and Cerebral Palsy. Doctors said she might never communicate, but through her family's love and dedication, Lucy not only learned to sign, but also to speak. Both Lucy and Leah now attend mainstream schools and are excellent students.