In a message dated 4/8/2004 7:42:37 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Nitab77
Thanks so much for the information on Signing Naturally [in a previous
issue]. I'm one of those
3rd semester frustrated students. I have watched the tape several times, but
less than a dozen. Afterwards, I just figure I'm not going to get this and
hope to pass the class. Now, I realize I need to watch it several more times
to try and understand the content. I have been trying to learn the
vocabulary (the fingerspelling is very fast). Still, at this point, I may
have to take ASL 3 again in order to bring my grade up. But now I have a
better idea of what to do.
Ideally, what an instructor should do is take the time to show you the video
in class at least once so you can ask questions. Then send you to a student
lab to review with a group of other students under the guidance of a
qualified lab aide, and then finally you would review it on your own at
- Dr. Vicars
Advice for the newbie
In a message dated 4/8/2004 6:56:43 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
Hi, my name is K.C., I'm a 26 year old girl in northeast Pennsylvania with a
question for you. Just so you have some background on what the situation is,
I'll try to fill you in briefly. A few months ago a woman came to my team at
the bank I work with, transferring from answering the phones to join us due
to a medical condition. Her name is Ruth. Ruth's hearing is deteriorating
quickly for what reason, I'm not all too sure, but I don't want to pry if it
makes her uncomfortable. (My hearing is awful, so ASL comes in very handy
sometimes :o) ) Her friend, and trainer at our site, Patty, and she have
begun taking classes at the Scranton school for the deaf. I, having learned
the alphabet as a young girl, LOVED ASL, but never put it to use. Now, I've
found your website along with one called commtech, ASL browser that I'm
teaching myself (and teaching her what I've learned). All so that if she
does go completely deaf, at least I can communicate with her - for myself or
that of management staff. Lol not that they're going to pay me more for
additional necessary training that is now applicable to work, but that's a
whole other story. My question....Is trying to teach myself...one sentence
at a time, colors, days of the week, etc... a good way to learn ASL? I don't
do well in a classroom atmosphere, but I have found such a passion for
learning it even Ruth is exited and comfortable learning with me. I just
don't want to REALLY go about things wrong. I see that ASL does NOT speak
the same as we would, so I've noticed. Do you have some wise words of
wisdom? I could use some advice. Sincerely, K. C.
[I can see the ASL purists wincing as I typed the bits of advice to KC
below...but hold on before you "judge." Read K.C.'s letter
carefully this time and note that Ruth is "adult late deafened." What
do K.C. and Ruth need "right now" at this very moment in their
lives? Which do they need more--a complicated grammar lesson or do they need
to get busy communicating? Also, did you note that K.C. doesn't do
well in a classroom atmosphere?]
Words of wisdom for K.C.
1. Dive in and don't worry overmuch about grammar. Your grammar will
develop as you study and practice. It is better to communicate and
build relationships than to sit on your hands for fear of signing wrong.
2. Don't worry about "topicalizing" any of your sentences at this point in
your development. I know what you are thinking. You are wondering what
the fetch "topicalizing" means. Don't you worry about that. (It just means
to put the object at the front of the sentence while raising the eyebrows).
Instead focus on raising your eyebrows a bit when asking questions that can
be answered "yes" or "no." Furrow your eyebrows a bit when asking "wh-"
questions such as "who, what, when, where, why, or how."
3. Go ahead and sign using "Subject, Verb, Object" word order but leave out "state of being
verbs" like "is, are, am, was, be, being, been." Nod or shake your
head when appropriate. For example if you want to say, "I am happy" just
point to yourself and sign "HAPPY" while nodding your head.
In a message dated 4/9/2004 6:15:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
...I'm an interpreter for a deaf girl at my church. She is fairly well
educated and reads VERY well. She speaks very well and reads lips well above
average because her adoptive family won't learn sign language, so she is
rather proficient in English syntax. In fact, her ASL syntax is not very
good, but she can understand ASL syntax when she sees it.
When I interpret the sermon, I use sort of a Pigeon ASL or Signed English,
partly because I'm still learning ASL syntax. When I speak to her
personally, I try to keep with the ASL grammar that I know, which is
actually more than what I do when I interpret.
I know it seems like I'm babbling, but what I'm getting at is, because I
don't always know what's coming from the pastor as he speaks, I can't always
keep with ASL. I convert what I can, and if I can anticipate what he's about
to say, then I convert it to ASL, but what I can't, I keep in English
I know for this particular situation, this is okay to do because this girl
understands me, but I'm hoping that this deaf ministry will grow. When more
deaf people start coming in, will it be all right to continue what I'm
doing, or should I really strive to do EVERYTHING in ASL?
I know that was a long way for a short question, but I've wondered about
this for some time.
ASL is a continuum. The word "continuum" means a
"continuous extent, succession, or whole, no part of which can be
distinguished from neighboring parts except by arbitrary division
The concept of a continuum as applied to ASL means that in the Deaf
community there is no one universally "right" or "exclusively perfect" way
to sign a concept or phrase.
ASL teachers establish "arbitrary" divisions in signing at which we deduct
points for "correct" and "incorrect" signing including grammar usage.
We do this generally based on the curriculum we are teaching from, or based
on our own ideas about what constitutes "good" ASL.
However, if you think you've got the lock on the right way to sign
something, ask any veteran ASL teacher if they've ever heard this response
from a "corrected" student: "But, my Deaf friend signs it that way!"
If I had a buck for every student who ever told me that his "deaf
friend/aunt/cousin/sister signs" a certain vocabulary item differently from
the way the "book" (Vista / Learning ASL / Bravo / whatever) signs it --
well, I'd have a couple hundred bucks--but the point is simply that you are
not going to "please everyone" so instead focus on signing like the deaf
people around you. My advice to students is if you are in my class,
sign the way I do. If you take a class from someone else, sign the way he
does. Your friend may sign it differently, but then again, your friend
isn't the one assigning you a grade at the end of the semester is he? After
you meet and interact with enough deaf people this will become a non-issue.
You will eventually develop your own general style and then "code switch" or
adjust your register to match your audience.
In a message dated 4/12/2004 5:42:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, my name is Stacey Jordan and I found your ASL University [Lifeprint.com] one day while
doing a search for on line learning of ASL. I have really enjoyed it so far.
I have been learning ASL off and on since I was a teenager, and my goal is
to eventually work with deaf children, however it is hard to learn sign
language because any classes I find teach what I already know and it's hard
to get any practice in if I'm not using what I do know. I am currently
living in Jacksonville, North Carolina, I once was a volunteer worker at a
day care for deaf children, but that was about 8 years ago and I'm not sure
how my mom even found out about it. I would like to do that again or
volunteer in any other way so I could be around deaf people and use what I
know as well as learn more.
How do I find out if there is any type of volunteer work like that in
Jacksonville or Wilmington? I am not sure who to contact at all, so any help
you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Contact the North Carolina Association for the Deaf and ask them about
volunteer opportunities in your area:
Also contact the North Carolina Deaf School and ask them about opportunities
to work with Deaf in school settings:
Admissions & Outreach Services (828) 432-5214 (v/tty)
[Note to readers: You don't have to contact me to find out about
volunteer opportunities in your area. All I did was do a few internet
Translating vs. Interpreting
In a message dated 4/16/2004 2:49:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
Thank you again for your site. Would you tell me
the difference in a translator and an interpreter? Crazy question I
guess but they sound sort of alike to me....???
Look for my order and money order I am sending it tomorrow....
Have a good weekend,
The first thing to know is that the "hearing world" and the "Deaf World"
each apply somewhat different meanings to the two terms, "interpreter" and
In the general "hearing" world, an interpreter is someone who changes a
spoken language into a different spoken language.
In the hearing world the word "translator" is also commonly understood to
mean a person who changes or interprets one language into another. So, to
most hearing people, these two terms are synonymous (mean the same). Some
experts in the field of interpretation make the distinction that a
translator is someone who renders (changes) written works (books, papers,
manuscripts, scrolls, etc.) into another language.
An "interpreter" in the Deaf World is someone who interprets
from a spoken language (for example, English) to a signed language (for
example, American Sign Language) and from a signed language to a spoken
A "translator" is someone who translates between spoken English and
The point here is that "interpreting" takes place between two different
languages (ASL and English) whereas "translating" takes place between two
different modalities (signed vs. spoken) of the same language (English).
In a message dated 4/15/2004 12:30:05 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
I have the Instant Immersion ASL CD set, the "Concise American Sign
Language Dictionary" by E. Costello, and "The Pocket Dictionary Of Signing"
by Butterworth and Flodin. After reading all the ASL University FAQs, I've
toned down my frustration level now that I can form some simple questions
and answers from lesson 1, instead of just knowing random signs. When I take
the local Canadian Deaf Association non-vocal ASL course, I'll just adopt
the dialect of Canadian ASL used in my area.
The only real question is when making circles and arcs with hands and
fingers that aren't designed to specify direction. Some reference material
says to go counter-clockwise, some say clockwise, some don't specify. i.e.
PLEASE, WHO(M), I SIGN. Personally, I don't think that it really matters.
In closing, don't the Deaf swear, or use profanity, or flirt? I only found
the signs for
PEA-BRAIN, IDIOT, SEX and CRAZY in the dictionaries ;) My co-workers are
really interested in learning "les bon mots" ;)
As Radio operators sign, in Morse code:
BILL DE BOB TU CUL ES 73 AR VA CL
TO BILL FROM BOB. THANK YOU. SEE YOU LATER AND ACCEPT MY BEST REGARDS. END
OF MESSAGE. OUT. THIS STATION IS CLOSING DOWN.
That "Radio Operator Message" is pretty neat. It reminds me of TTY talk
(Teletypewriter / Telecommunication Device for the Deaf / "Text Telephone"
You mentioned seeing various signs depicted in reference material with
conflicting clockwise or counterclockwise movements. Many signs like
PARENTS, MEMBER, and DEAF can be done "correctly" in more than one way. For
example, the sign "FLOWER" can be done starting on either side of the nose
and ending up on "the other side" of the nose. This principle is called
"metathesis" and is a normal and accepted aspect of ASL communication.
Metathesis also applies to the "circular" movement of various signs. For
example you will see signs like COLLEGE, WASH, and PEOPLE commonly done both
ways. Other signs using a circular movement however must be done a certain
way or else they "look wrong." For example, the sign "HEARING/public/speak"
is done with a circular up, forward, down, back movement. If you do it the
other way, it looks unconventional (not normal). The sign "FAMOUS" also uses
an up, forward, down, and back circular movement. If you do it the other
way, it means "SUCCESS."
There are three main ways to become familiar with the proper "pronunciation"
1. Prolonged involvement and observation in the Deaf Community.
2. Taking classes from skilled instructors.
3. Comparing multiple ASL dictionaries to see which articulation the
majority of dictionaries use.
Even after you have become relatively assured that you are doing a sign
"correctly," chances are, someone, somewhere is going to disagree. Don't let
this bother or frustrate you. Just smile and thank them for sharing their
"knowledge." Then add their "opinion" to your list of opinions regarding the
proper production of that sign.
Univackid [10:30 AM]:
Hi Dr, Vicars my name is Paul I'm a big fan of your ASL University. Do you
have time for 2 quick questions on ASL ?
BillVicars [10:31 AM]:
Univackid [10:32 AM]:
How do you sign ordinal numbers over 10th
BillVicars [10:33 AM]:
I sign them by adding a fingerspelled "th"
Univackid [10:33 AM]:
really that's it just "th" ...cool
Univackid [10:33 AM]:
1 more question
BillVicars [10:34 AM]:
Univackid [10:34 AM]:
If ASL has no to be verb how does one sign a command like "Be polite to your
parents" or "Be respectful of others" etc...
BillVicars [10:36 AM]:
Nod your head while signing. For example I look at my kid and sign, "YOU
SHOULD POLITE YOUR PARENTS."
BillVicars [10:37 AM]:
Or I'll sign, "YOU INTERACT PARENTS" (with my eyebrows slightly up and head
slightly tilted forward) "YOU SHOULD POLITE" (while nodding my head twice).
Univackid [10:39 AM]:
is there a difference in meaning?
BillVicars [10:40 AM]:
No. The first method is simply using subject, verb, object sentence
structure. The second sentence is "topicalized." Both work just fine in
BillVicars [10:41 AM]:
A case could be made that the first sentence would be used between two
individuals of unequal status. Whereas the second sentence would be
appropriate for individuals of a more equal status.
Univackid [10:41 AM]:
This is very exciting to talk to you ..you see I'm an ASL 1 in school and I
can never get the answers I'm looking for on questions like that from a
BillVicars [10:42 AM]:
Alrighty. Well, you have a nice day.
Good luck with your studies.
Univackid [10:43 AM]:
The sign for SCAR
In a message dated 4/21/2004 7:33:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
Hi Dr. Vicars,
I am an ASL student and I had a question. What is the sign for "scar"?
I have asked other students as well as several Deaf people, and nobody
There is no "set" sign for "SCAR." Suppose you want to express the concept
of someone having a scar on their face, what you would do is
spell "S-C-A-R" then drag the tip of your index finger down the side of
your face showing the location and size of the scar. If it were a severe
scar you would show this by through an "intense" facial expression and by
using a quick, exaggerated, elongated movement.
Also, if you are "talking about" something that typically causes scars,
for example, "fencing," you wouldn't need to "spell out" the word scar.
You could indicate that one of the participants lunged forward and made a
swipe with his foil, then you would role shift to the other person and
drag the tip of your index finger down your face. That would indicate he
was "cut." Then if you sign "HE STILL HAVE" and then drag the tip of your
index finger down the side of your face, it would mean, "And he still has
Remember that discussion regarding the sign for Czechoslovakia?
In a message dated 3/31/2004 8:09:49 PM Pacific Standard Time, Lacee@comcast.net
It seems that each time I learn a sign for a country, it changes on me. I
can cope with that. The problem I am facing right now is with a country that
no one seems to know the sign for- Slovakia. My boyfriend's family
originates from there, so it comes up often in my signed conversations, and
I have been coming up relatively empty-handed (ha- literally!). I found a
site that had an OLD sign for Czechoslovakia, but since they are two
separate countries (even two separate languages), I know there must be a way
to differentiate a country sign as well. I'm getting very frustrated at
having to fingerspell the country every time it comes up in conversation.
Any help you can provide would be MOST appreciated.
ITP Student in Aurora, IL
In a message dated 4/19/2004 3:07:56 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Bill- I just learned this sign- there is Deaf person in town from the
former Czeck Republic. She signed a "U" starting in front of her chin area
and sweeping back passed her ear. Hope this makes sense.
Was the "U" palm back? Or was the palm facing to the side?
Hi- palm in, fingers up- kind of like the sign for Halloween but right one
handed (dominate) and a bit lower- it ain't easy to describe signs through
Got it. FYI, I also recently saw this sign done using the same sign as
Generic Name Signs
In a message dated 4/9/2004 7:52:44 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
My friend Charlotte can't seem to explain
to me why sometimes we sign a person's name by using the first intial
held at the chest over the left breast. Do you know what I mean? For
example, if I'm talking about my daughter, she shows me to sign her
initial "T" at my chest versus signing her whole name, but when she
signs "Tony" which is her husband's name, she doesn't do that. I
don't understand when to use the initial at the chest.
Thank you!!! :)
The upper left breast area of the chest is a "generic" place to create a
name sign. Such a sign would simply be an "arbitrary" name sign that has
no connection to the way a person looks or acts. An other type of name
sign is called "reflective." These signs "reflect" some aspect of the way
a person looks or acts. Many people will tell you that only "Deaf" people
should assign name signs. Before you decide that this is simply cultural
turf protection you need to consider a few things. In reality you will
find that many deaf people got their first name sign from a
hearing parent or a hearing teacher of the deaf. Many
hearing ASL students get their first name sign from their hearing
ASL instructor. The problem though is that most hearing parents of deaf
children, some teachers of the deaf, and quite a few ASL instructors
aren't familiar with some of the lesser known signs for sexuality and/or
profanity. Thus they end up assigning swear words, certain body parts,
and various sexual activities as namesigns.
The "best" method to get a name sign is to get involved with the deaf
community where, in time, one of your deaf friends will assign you a name
and it will stick.
In a message dated 4/11/2004 6:36:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a 76 year old friend who is slowly going
and need some method of communcating. It's getting frustrating for both he and I and his wife, and we end
up becoming mad at each other, as a result. I'm
hoping to approach them on the subject of learning
ASL, while he still has some hearing. But, it's very
hard to get him to accept the fact that he is going
He's an excellent linguist, so learning ASL shouldn't
be hard for him. And, we both share the same interest
in ham (amateur) radio. He's an old time Morse code
man, but he has to slow way down to converse with me
using Morse, and that's only via radio. We need a
better method for face to face communication.
As a hobby computer programmer, I find that the object
orientated nature of ASL easy to learn. I'm hoping to
gently prod him towards learning ASL. That way we
start out at the same level. And neither will feel
"put out" by the other. But, he's just so sensitive
about his approaching deafness, that I don't want to
hurt his feelings. It's a if he's given up and started
to isolate himself. So, if you have any suggestions
about the matter, feel free to jump in..
I wish there were a solid answer to age-related deafness issues, but instead
there are only "ideas" that work in some cases but certainly don't work for
An idea would be to use a voice recognition program that types out what you
say. Then bring your laptop with you and have it open while you converse
with your friend. When he doesn't understand the words you speak to him, he
can glance at the laptop and see what you said.
Make sure his TV has close captioning turned on (if he would like).
Check into "VCO" (voice carry-over) phone relay services for your area. Such
a phone would allow him to call people and speak with his own voice.
Then when the other person speaks, a "relay operator" will type out what
they say and it shows up as text on a little display on a special phone (a "VCO"
TTY). Literally, you could use your cell phone and be in the same room with
him and speak into the cell and the operator would type it almost as fast as
you are speaking and he would be able to see your words in near real
time. Relay operator services are free. Check with your state's division of
services to the Deaf for contact information for your local relay provider.
Or call your phone company and ask them.
Also, check out http://www.ip-relay.com.
In a message dated 5/3/2004 7:07:49 AM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
Dear Mr. Vicars,
I am the children's programmer for a library and also the leader of a
"sign language club" made up of 3rd - 6th graders. We had a sign
language class last October and the children had such a wonderful time
that we formed a club. Now, let my preface this by saying that I, nor
my colleague are trained professionals by any means, but we try our best
to use the signs in books and in your book, Sign Me Up , to have a good
time and hopefully learn something at the same time. Both of us have
had some sign classes, but let's be real, use it or lose it, and I find
myself losing it because I have no to practice it with.
My reason for writing you is that on June 14, the theme for our club
meeting will be the flag. I would like very much for the children to
learn the signs for the song THE GRAND OLD FLAG. I have Galludet on my
computer so I can type the signs, however, I do not know exactly how to
put them in order. I notice that a lot of times, words are left out,
and that they are not exactly in order according to the way they appear
in the song.
I hope you don't mind my asking, but I was wondering if you could direct
me to a place that would help me, or if you could tell me some basics
for putting this together. I would certainly appreciate it. I don't
want to do anything to hinder the children in their learning of sign
Thanks in advance for at least hearing me out about this. My e-mail
address is ndenton@quincylibrary. org. I will be anxiously awaiting to
hear back from you.
Children's Programmer, Quincy Public Library
Honestly? Your best bet is to contact one of the local deaf groups and ask
them for a Deaf volunteer who is skilled at ASL.
Then have that local person come and work with your group.
- Bill Vicars
Finding a "level 4" curriculum
In a message dated 4/28/2004 7:04:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Hi, my name is Toni Lynn Van Bramer. I currently teach ASL 1,2, and 3
to high school students in Rochester, NY. I am hearing. I just found
your website and I like all the information you provide. Where are you
Also, I was wondering if you could recommend a book/text that students
who will be entering ASL level 4 next Fall could use. Most students
are coming in with high intermediate skills. We currently use Signing
Naturally for the first 3 levels. Level 4 will be a new course in the
Fall of 2004 and we have not yet found or chosen a text book. Can you
I look forward to hearing from you,
Toni Lynn Van Bramer
Athena High School
Here at CSUS (Cal State Sacramento) we currently use "Vista" for levels
1-4. We use vista's level 1 workbook for our levels 1 and 2. Then Vista's
level 2 work book for our level 3. And we use about half of the Vista level
3 workbook for our level 4 course. (Note: I do not make the decisions
regarding which curriculum we use. If it were up to me, we would use
my "ASL University" curriculum for levels one and two.)
But, let me throw this out to my newsletter audience and see what they are
using for ASL 4.
So, dear colleagues and students...what are you using for your advanced
In a message dated 5/4/2004 6:51:58 AM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a simple continuing education technique: Watch educational films
in ASL while getting dressed in the morning.
You can watch while shaving, buttoning your shirt, tying your shoes, etc.
Check with your library to see if there are any good ASL narrated videos.
If not, try sending them the link to http://aslaccess.org/.
Check the ASL University Library for an article titled, "meeting deaf
I would like to know how can I practice my signing when I'm not
around anyone who is Deaf? I tend to meet people who are
Deaf every so often but I need more. Any suggestions?
Level 4 testing
In a message dated 5/6/2004 12:56:25 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com
Dear Dr. Vicars: I am working with
one of our graduating seniors who has taken 3 semesters of college
level ASL at a community college. She did not complete the 4th course
(which is what we require for our foreign language standard). The
student feels she is proficient enough to be tested for "intermediate
level of proficiency" or the equivalent of 4 semesters of ASL. Do you
have any suggestions for how this student can go about this? She is
aware of the need to pay a fee for any test that would need to be
done. We are in the Atlanta area.
Thank you for any assistance you can
Director, Academic Advising
141 E. College
Decatur, GA 30030
I'd contact one of the professors at a nearby college who teaches a
level 4 class and ask him to administer a challenge test equivalent to
his or her normal final for the level 4 class. Then he should give the
student a score for the test and sign a document verifying the score.
The student should pay him $40 to $60 for an hour of his time, plus do
all the legwork.
In a message dated 4/27/2004 2:36:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time, JMK@GoColumbiaMO.com
Just thought I'd add a letter for you - in
reference to teaching babies to sign - my middle son REFUSED to talk -
until he was 3 years old. We tried to "make" him talk - but, he
wouldn't do it. I'm an interpreter for the deaf - so, Sign Language
comes natural to me. I taught him Sign Language - so, we could
communicate. People criticized me - but, I knew that I needed a way
to communicate with him - & - this was working - so, I wasn't going to
be swayed to change. That was almost 20 years ago (when it wasn't
popular) - & - he still knows Sign Language today - tho not as much as
I'd like. All of my children know "some" signs - but, they are not
interested in learning to communicate with it (Mom knows it - why
should I learn it - she'll interpret for me).
Just thought you'd like to know - it's
"tried & true" with me.
Deaf School in Ghana
In a message dated 4/27/2004 1:21:54 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
It was surprisinly surprise to me to recieve your
letter. I'm very happy to write this letter you, when I see your Dr.
Vicars through internet. It was wonderful Dr. Vicars.
I am deaf student of secondary Technical School for
the deaf at Mampong Akwapim in the ghana and I have finished school in
1995. There is no University and college deaf in Ghana.
Government of Ghana are not serious with deaf
people are not having employment in Ghana. I'm worry about employ and
college. Most of the deaf employment in the USA, influence Dr. Vicars
university in the CA 'Luck' I wish to go to Dr. Vicars or I'll be
visiting to you and I dont have any friend in the CA.
I saw that what happed on september 11, 2001, I
felt sorry and some deaf people felt to them. Many of the our
American deaf readers are ignorant of the muslim religion it
extremists. I dont have a visa.
God bless American University. I want to go to Dr.
Vicars University hoildays May, 1, 2004. I have never forgotton Dr.
Vicars. I beg of you, give it video and Book in American Language
sign to me.
God bless you. I say thank you.
Please dont hesitate to write. send me
P.O. Box 0344
Emmanuel K. Botwe
Foreign language immersion center designed exclusively for children
I am contacting you from Language Playhouse, Inc. in Tampa. Language
Playhouse is a foreign language immersion center designed exclusively for
children, and we would like to add Sign Language as a foreign language. I
was wondering if you had any contacts that might be interested in teaching
at our facility, if you have any suggestions as to where we could find a
qualified Sign Language teacher in the greater Tampa area, I would greatly
appreciate you forwarding their information to:
Human Resource Director
Language Playhouse, Inc.
4920 Newkirk Drive
Tampa, Fl 33624
The sign for "accommodation"
MargeMcLa1 [7:29 PM]:
Hi Bill, I would like to ask about how you interpret the phase "if you need
BillVicars [7:31 PM]:
The sign "accommodation" is an initialized version of the sign "change."
MargeMcLa1 [7:35 PM]:
What I am looking for is ASL for the concept of asking if anyone needs
special accommodations for a meeting, ie wheelchair accessibility,
interpreter, FM loop, etc. A deaf speaker used the sign -
for mesh together - (fingers of the five hands coming together with fingers
sliding together, as they complete the motion of gears together the signer
added sign for "support" as I watched this I felt that the concept was
right on the mark. What to you think?
BillVicars [7:37 PM]:
I like the support sign.
BillVicars [7:37 PM]:
The "mesh" sign is typically used for "combine, roommate, partner, match"
BillVicars [7:38 PM]:
If it were me, I'd use the sign for "accommodation" and then follow it up
with wheelchair ramp, interpreter, FM loop, etc
BillVicars [7:39 PM]:
The "match" sign is an interesting choice and the more I think about it the
more it grows on me.
BillVicars [7:40 PM]:
I'll ask around the department and see what others think of it.
MargeMcLa1 [7:41 PM]:
I have seen this sign used in may different concepts,
one I like was to bring your life in harmony with the rules of the house...
my Dad always used that! haha
BillVicars [7:42 PM]:
"harmony," yeah, very cool use of the sign.
MargeMcLa1 [7:42 PM]:
Well, thanks so much for allowing me to bounce this off of you! (smiles)
and thanks for the newsletter. I really like it.
BillVicars [7:42 PM]:
sure...have a nice evening