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Chapter 3 of Thomas K Holcomb’s Introduction to American Deaf Culture examines the populations that are encompassed within Deaf culture and the Deaf community, as well as the labels associated with these populations. Holcomb begins the chapter by explaining that being “hearing impaired” or deaf is not the same as being Deaf. The term “deaf” refers specifically to physical hearing loss, while the term “Deaf” refers to an individual who uses ASL, identifies as a member of Deaf culture, and is an active member of the Deaf community (pg 38). Holcomb goes on to explore the relationship between Deaf people and their hearing family members using Dr. Jerome Schein’s 90% formula. This formula explains that over 90% of deaf people have hearing parents, and 90% of those parents have no experience with deaf people. Deaf people also have a 90% chance of birthing hearing children. Of the hearing parents who have deaf children, 90% cannot effectively communicate with their deaf children... read more

For as long as humans have existed, Deaf people have existed. For as long as humans have existed, there has been prejudice against those who cannot hear. In the past 4 years, my understanding of this audism has been immeasurably expanded. I have come to realize that even today audism continues to thrive in America. This audism is evident in the minds of average American citizens. This audism is evident in the very cultural implications of American society. This audism is evident within the Deaf community. This audism is evident in the obsession of the American populace to attain “normalcy”. Within the first two sentences of Harlan Lane’s Do Deaf People Have a Disability? he introduces the startling concept that many people see deafness as a disability as “common sense” (2002, pg. 356). My first thought was that deafness equating to disability was neither a common nor sensible idea. As I continued to read, I began to consider how fully enveloped I am within the Deaf community... read more

Hello!   My name is Alli and (as my title suggests) I'm an ASL tutor who is new to WyzAnt.  I have a Bachelors degree in American Sign Language interpreting and have worked with children and teens in educational settings for many years.  I'm so excited to get to know some new students and help them continue their education in the wonderful language of ASL, as well as Deaf Culture.  If you would like to see videos of my interpreting work, or a video introduction in ASL, please let me know!  Also, if you have questions about specific signs, word choice, or ASL grammar, I would be happy to help.  My tutoring fee is low compared with most other tutors, and I'm always willing to lower my rate for students who are unable to afford tutoring.  I strongly believe that all people should have access to quality education, and I would never want the price of tutoring to stop someone from getting the services they need.  I hope to talk with all of... read more

Sometimes, people look at me oddly. For instance, when I'm telling them how much I enjoy Shakespeare, or how much it thrills me to actually proofread students' papers, or how tickled pink I get when someone realizes the difference between "effect" and "affect," or "principal" and "principle." Understandable. But, there is one good feeling that surpasses them all, and that is when I'm working with a student, and I see the light bulb come high school English teacher used to call it the "AHA Moment"...that glimmer when the student understands--"gets it." THAT is the most rewarding thing about being a tutor. It makes the sitting in traffic, the tedious emailing, and the preparation all worth it. Have you had YOUR "AHA Moment" today? :)

It seems as though every week my student has something exciting to tell me about his life. He is involved in many extra-curricular activities. He is a Boy Scout, he takes Karate classes, he goes skating on the weekends, he's an inventor, and he is learning to speak Spanish. I'm sure his list goes on and on. This 4th grader is very driven to achieve. He really wants to do his very best in his studies and he puts his best foot forward to complete all of the work that he is assigned. He explained that once he finishes his homework, right after school, that he takes a break to watch a couple of TV shows, eat dinner and then he gets back to his studies-- because he wants to be able to participate in his other activities! Once we finished our tutoring session, he got his his Sign Language work from his book bag and started showing me the lessons he had learned the week before. He is on his way to being a well-rounded, quite intelligent young man. He me told me that he and his classmates... read more

My name is Belinda and I would love to be your tutor!! To help you decide if I am the right tutor for you let me begin by giving you a little history about myself. I am a divorced single mother of two girls ages 19 and 12. They are my life. I have an Associates Degree of Applied Science from LoneStar North Harris with an emphasis on American Sign Language(ASL) and the interpreting program from there. I also have a strong background in lower level math, Algebra I, and English. The English also includes strength in reading, writing, and grammar. My regular job is as an sign language interpreter at a local high school. Thank you for considering me as your tutor. Belinda

In my childhood experience, I was fluent in sign language and I observed that hearing children seemed to be motivated to communicate with me. I got the opportunity to teach them basic ABC fingerspelling first with creative ways like using lipreading with no voice to using lip moving with letter A then following the ABC order and pointing to each category in daily life such as family name. Sign language is easier to understand when you imagine a picture. Hearing people can use sign language to communicate with deaf children, senior citizens, hard of hearing, and even infants. Also, sign language can be a tool and I think it is interesting to learn sign language.

I offer a course in Beginning American Sign Language for hearing children and adults of all ages who wish to communicate with Deaf people in our community. In this fun and challenging class, I use a “total immersion” approach to learning this graceful and voiceless language. By the end of the course, students will communicate in ASL on a basic level, gain insight into Deaf culture and apply knowledge of ASL structure to continue learning on their own.

I am myself hearing impaired and can speak well. I would be so happy to teach you how to alphabet, basic sign language. It's very easy to learn. I will have copies for you to learn. If you want be an interpreter in the future, you will learn a lot from me! If your kids have any deaf kids in their classrooms and wants to learn sign language from me then they can go to their school and sign their deaf classmates it would be fun for the kids. Please ask me any questions, email me. Thanks!

I have discovered, throughout my teaching and tutoring career, that I am able to solve many educational conundrums my colleagues cannot. I have been referred many students with issues or problems that a colleague could not handle for some reason. Probably my biggest challenge in this regard was a most recent one, a delightful student who was partially deaf. Antoine had problems I had never seen, in twenty years of teaching and tutoring. When it comes to problems with grammar, usage, and mechanics, students may have a smattering of different ones, and/or patterns of a few. Antoine had smatterings (so to speak!), but they included problems more typical to a writer for whom English was a second language (Antoine was a native speaker). What I came to realize, after getting to know Antoine and familiarizing myself with the form of sign language he used, was that the sign language had been, in effect, his first language. Antoine's hearing deficit was not discovered until he... read more

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