|Volume 1, Issue 31||
Hello ASL Heroes!
In a message dated 12/22/2005 3:31:47 PM Pacific Standard Time, bassoonist4evr@ writes:
Yes, you should use your "sign name" with whatever Deaf people you meet.
While there is not one specific "best" way to introduce yourself, a good way to introduce yourself would be to sign:
HI, I L-A-U-R-A S-M-I-T-H, (show name sign), HAVE 2 DEAF COUSIN. NAME YOU?
Then be prepared to share the names of your Deaf cousins, how you learned (or are learning) sign language, where you live, where your cousins live and went to school, and other similar information.
In a message dated 12/13/2005 1:21:09 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, deafsharonann43@ writes:
Oh hey, I agree completely. I've certainly seen both of the very popular variations that you describe.
I'll put that on my list of things to do: posting some variations on the "cheat page."
Thanks for the feedback and the suggestion.
You indicate that that your teacher has told you that she doesn't have time to cover how to interpret a song project she has assigned. You also indicate that you have missed "some" classes. You two sound like a good pair. She doesn't have time to teach, and you don't have time to go to class.
Interpreting songs at a distance is very inefficient (except perhaps if both parties have videophone) so I encourage people to find local resources to help them out.
Now here is an important point. It is your TEACHER'S JOB to either teach you, or provide you the resources to pass your class. You wouldn't believe the number of students that want me to do their homework for them because their local teacher hasn't succeeded in providing a learning environment where the student can progress without having to seek outside help.
Since you are studying at a college there is a chance that your teacher is a full-time instructor. Full-time instructors almost always have to post "office-hours" wherein they make themselves available to students who are struggling and need help.
So, the first thing you should do is find out if your instructor has office hours. Check her door to see if they are posted. If you don't see any posted, ask the teacher directly or inquire of the department as to your instructor's office hours. If she has office hours, inform her that you intend to meet with her at her next available time slot. Then bring your song lyrics and have her help you.
If she has no office hours, (due to being a part-time instructor) then ask her when she will be available to help you with your song. If she still maintains that she can't help you, you might consider filling out a form requesting a grade of "incomplete" (instead of whatever grade you might otherwise earn) and retake the course next semester and schedule your time such that you won't miss class and will be able to keep up. If you honestly feel that the problem is her and not you...you should consider clueing her in via a polite email or letter. If she remains clueless, then consider filing a complaint with her department so she doesn't keep doing this to future students.
Now, perhaps you are thinking, "Sheesh, I was just asking for a little help and this guy is giving me a lecture. I don't want to take an "incomplete." I just want to learn how to sign a song. I even said I was willing to pay him."
In that case, here's what I recommend you do. Contact your college's office for students with disabilities. Ask them for the phone numbers of two or three of their interpreters. Call one up and hire him to interpret your song. Borrow a camcorder if you don't have one. Record him signing it and let him know that the video will only be used for personal study and the video will not be publicly displayed or published.
If that doesn't work out, write your name and number in the upper right hand corner of the board before class stating, "Wanted: Study partner to help me with my song. I'd really appreciate some guidance, call or email me ______, sincerely Juliet." And then ask your teacher to ASK for a volunteer and wait for a hand to go up.
Dear Mr. Vicars,
I thank you for your reply. I will use that info. My instructor has 7 other classes and she says that she only takes appointments at the first of the year for the entire year. (Kinda like getting a reservations at Tiffany's) that makes it next to impossible to get her to help. I will try to use the resource of the OSD office. As I am a new client. I have been diagnosed with MS, Cancer and Diabetes this semester and can't seem to get any of them under control, so I have been in the hospital a few times. I am also a single mom and am doing the best I can with what I have. I appreciate your candor and your suggestions and mostly your site, It has helped me more than anything else. (The book we use in class is from 1991 and doesn't match what my instructor does.) Your site does. So, thanks again for keeping it going.
Juliet : 0 )
In a message dated 11/21/2005 9:01:10 PM Pacific Standard Time, allenrose@ writes:
Tense is generally established at the beginning of your conversation.
For example, you could sign: YESTERDAY I TALK-WITH MARY.
In a message dated 11/30/2005 12:04:42 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, sloveall_60@ writes:
I teach several classes for various organizations. (Sacramento State is my full-time day job.) I use the lifeprint.com / ASLU curriculum for each of my various classes.
It is a living curriculum and is constantly being revised (hopefully for the better) and expanded. I make the curriculum available to others to adapt and use for their own classes. As long as they don't turn around and sell it, nor post it to the web, I don't mind if they use it.
Currently I have a level 1 and 2 class and a few workshops. As time goes on I'll develop levels 3 through 6 plus workshops.
n a message dated 11/30/2005 10:18:39 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, cynkaniski@ writes:
a sign for marshmallow. It uses modified 3/H handshapes on each hand to
squeeze an imaginary marshmallow.
In a message dated 12/19/2005 8:27:26 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, NeoAnderson48@ writes:
There is no widely established sign for "alien."
If I were telling a story to a child, I would show a picture (if reading from a picture book) and then I'd hold my index fingers on top of my head and wriggle them about as if representing two antennae.
In conversation with an adult, I'd fingerspell it.
In a message dated 12/20/2005 11:21:42 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, Ken writes:
<< Question for you, if technology advances to point of curing deafness, wouldn't there have to be an intact nerve? Like [in my case], they totally cut the nerve out right up to the base of [my] brain. Just curious of your opinion.
Scientists are progressing with nerve regrowth. For example researchers have discovered that certain cells inside the nose "regenerate." It is predicted that these cells can be transplanted and used to repair nerve pathways. Google the words: " nose cells regenerate" -- to find out more about this topic.
Additionally, it is possible to take nerves from one part of the body and transplant them to other parts of the body.
Someday we will simply use synthetic nerves.
In a message dated 12/12/2005 5:23:33 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, martin_philip_stradling@ writes:
... I currently live in Scotland and am going through the emigration process to move to Canada -Ontario - next year. I decided that I wanted to get involved in the community as much as possible, as soon as possible after "Landing", hence the reason for learning ASL (British Sign Language is apparently totally different, and would be little help to me in the long run). The consequence of this is that I don't have anyone to practise with, so have to rely on what I get from the Internet.
While there is no 100% foolproof way for a student to determine the level of accepted usage of a particular sign, an approach I suggest is to develop a small library of ASL dictionaries (five or six books or disks). Then if a sign consistently appears in most dictionaries you can be relatively sure it is a "main" variation and widely used.
Those signs that appear differently in several dictionaries can be written down on the page of a pocket notebook and later (when you move to a location where you have access to the Deaf community) that notebook can be taken with you to deaf events. Most Deaf people do not mind if you ask a few signs here and there as long as you do not become a pest and distract them from meaningful conversation with other Deaf. As you develop deaf friends you can ask them which variations they prefer.
In a message dated 12/28/2005 5:38:06 AM Pacific Standard Time, michaelgillensr@ writes:
Thank you for ASLPAH!
Nacogdoches! The oldest town in Texas! I've seen some beautiful pictures of that place--all the flowers and greenery. I've got a friend that lives in Nacogdoches by the name of Scott Whitney. He teaches ASL at a University there (Stephen F. Austin State University--I reckon Scott is still there?!?)
I'm not a guru when it comes to the Texas' interpreter certification process ...but such information as I have, I'll give to you:
Check out that link, and then send me whatever else you find out in your research and I'll post your findings to that page as an update to help others in Texas eh?
In a message
dated 12/28/2005 11:41:50 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, seremina@
<<<“In a message dated 10/23/2005 6:29:21 A.M.
[Editors note: The next few paragraphs are from late deafened adult Mina DesLauriers]
thoughts on the topic:
To unsubscribe, visit: aslpah.com and click on unsubscribe.