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Rochester Institute of Technology (Other)
I am deaf myself and was raised in a hearing family. I was born in Sri Lanka then moved to Nigeria, Africa around the ages of 3 or 4. Then in the next phase of life we moved to London, England living with my mother's sister. After the second year living in England, we moved to Quebec, Canada at the age of 6 where I finally attended Montreal Oral School and after school. I went to speech therapy to practice my speech until the age 9.
I moved to Ontario, Canada and attend to Dublin Heights School which was my longest year starting from grade 4th to 8th. Then I attended to Northern Secondary High School, where I first saw American Sign Languages at the age of 16. I was scared because I grew around practice hearing and oral and never knew what deaf means. It took me years of practice signing with my hands through a good friend of mine named Natasha who goes to same high school with me. Funny thing is that Natasha and I lived close and we'd take the same bus called TCC but here we call it the Metro. Anyway, I'm so grateful that she taught me signing everyday after school taking the bus together and here I am, an expert ASL Sign Language.
Then, sadly after 14 years of living in Canada, I went to college at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and graduated with an AOS degree in Graphic Design and married to the man I first met in Rochester but he lived in Ontario also. We moved to the warm and sunny in the state of California after I graduated college in 2006 but my husband later moved in 2007. Since 2012, I worked as an administrator for California Home for the Adult Deaf where deaf senior lived in assisted living home with full deaf staffs.
I have experience teaching hearing people and using sign language in my work place. We have many students coming from different schools ranging from high school to college. They come very often to meet me and discuss to let them see how deaf people communicate or see what our lifestyle is like by watching deaf staff working and communicating with deaf seniors, compared to hearing people which is the same but the only difference is language accessible for us. I taught them sign language if they ask me and I often get phone calls that they really enjoy coming to our work because that where they can learn better. I love when the student is comfortable coming to meet me to learn because I make them to be a good asset to our deaf community in the future and there are some students who ask me to write a reference letter. I believe the best ways to learn sign language is by being around deaf people everyday. This will make you an expert in American Sign Language.
I work with all kinds of special needs people at my work, California Home for the Adult Deaf, and I encourage them to be equal as normal people. They are no different from us and each person has their own needs in specific areas that need help. I provided service and training program for them to attend and let them become independent. I have few of them who go to work and do work at my company as volunteer to give them something they feel worthy of themselves.
If you like to meet me contact me through email me and we can work out the best schedule for both of us. I will make you feel welcome and make sure you are comfortable with me. Be yourself and I will work patiently with you and I will get you to where you want to be at. I am deaf myself and was raised in a hearing family. I was born in Sri Lanka then moved to Nigeria, Africa around the ages of 3 or 4. Then in the next phase of life we moved to London, England living with my mother's sister. After the second year living in England, we moved to Quebec, Canada at the age of 6 where I finally attended Montreal Oral
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