Have you ever tried to learn ASL? Do you know anyone who is deaf? I work in a sheltered work center for MR/DD adults and I have a young man who is deaf. He tries very hard to communicate with us, but none of us really know ASL. So I started taking a class. And it is really amazing. His whole face just lights up when I sign to him. Ther eare so many things that you don't even realize... like he doesn't know anyone's names. So today I signed my name to him and he started clapping and laughing. Then took me to every other worker there and had me tell him their names too. It was so much fun. I cannot imagine what it would be like not bein able to udnerstand what everyone is talking about. But now I feel like I can make him a part of the group. And it's such a wonderful feeling!Answer Question
Answer by ILoveCade at 8:51 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Answer by pookiekins34 at 8:52 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
I'm in the midst of getting my degree for ASL interpreting (taking college courses). I LOVE ASL!! It truly is an amazing language and more people should make an effort to at least learn the alphabet.
Answer by banana-bear at 8:55 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Givingtree, you are ONLY supposed to get a namesign from a Deaf person. Hearing people cannot give each other namesigns - that's part of the Deaf Culture.
Answer by banana-bear at 9:00 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
I didn't say I was a pro. I've just taken courses taught by Deaf instructors and they have told me how it is supposed to be. Even to Deaf people, you don't sign your made up signname. Once a Deaf person knows you and your personality/traits, they will assign you a signname. Then you can use it to introduce yourself to other Deaf people. Just trying to inform you so that you don't offend someone.
Answer by banana-bear at 9:12 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
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