Yes! Signing is Hearing and Hearing is Signing! So many of us who are hearing take it for granted every day... well, that may be because we've been blessed to have it and don't know what it's like to be without it. For those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, it's a matter of life or death, understanding or confusion, but it's also a pride in who they are... Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
A number of years ago I had a classmate in computer graphic classes at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA who was Hard of Hearing and eventually became completely Deaf. We became very close friends. She asked me to take sign language classes with her so she could better communicate but due to circumstances she couldn't control, she was unable to go on. I decided to continue in the American Sign Language Interpreting Program so I might be able to help her more easily understand what was going on around her.
In 2003, one class required volunteering at a Deaf institution and, thus, I did so at California Home for the Adult Deaf - an assisted living facility for Deaf senior citizens. During my one-day-a-week volunteer service, was before I completed the ASL Interpreting Program (2007: Certificate), I was asked to take the residents to doctor appointments, Deaf expos, etc., and interpret for them. I continued volunteering long after I passed the class, was hired part-time, then full-time after a couple years and in 2009 until December 2012 I was the Administrative Assistant. I found that Hands-on tutoring is what I like best: taking my student(s) to the park, a mall, Deaf events, places where they can relate to what they're learning in Sign Language.
Also being an English major, because my parents believed it was important to speak and use grammar correctly, I take pride in helping others to become literate (or more so) in the English language. (My AA in Liberal Arts is in progress pending Math! and PE. My Child Development Certificate is also in progress.) Using the English language correctly, teaching someone sign language (young or older), to read and write better (Penmanship and Spelling): it's the way we communicate and that's where my education and skills have lead me - to help YOU at being able to communicate better with others.
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