Similar to other smaller cultures, people who are deaf experience stereotyping by those who do not know and understand their culture. A number of myths circulate widely in our society and interfere with understanding people who are deaf.Myths about deafness
Similar to other smaller cultures,…
Anonymous asked: I wanted to write a story of a friendship between a deaf and a hearing child (still planning but I wanted to collect info) and I was wondering if you had any tips on showing the conversations? I'm 13 and I wanted to take this on as a summer challenge and maybe get a decent story out of it, but I wanted it to be accurate... Also for a teenager in Michigan where could I find any classes to learn ASL? I've had my heart set on learning for over two years now.
As to the story, I can’t talk too much about it since I am hearing and cannot describe how a deaf adult would feel communicating to a hearing child.
The best suggestion I can make is to do a lot of research, talk to some of the amazing deaf bloggers here on Tumblr, and also reach out to the deaf community in your area. Actually talk to some deaf adults and ask them the questions you have. Sounds like a great project!
As to your sign language classes… here are a few things the magical internet has helped me gather:
I hope this helps!
Loving the interpreter on Chopped tonight!
Anonymous asked: What type of resources are there for someone wanting to learn asl in indianapolis?
That’s where I’m from!
I took classes at the Indiana School for the Deaf, and loved it.
Here is a link that gives you contact information for classes all over Indiana:
Anonymous asked: A neat show to watch is switched at birth. LOTS of signing happening, and I've learning a lot from just watching the show. It's also very interesting xD
Although I enjoy SAB as well, there are many views on it that aren’t 100% for it. Feel free to enjoy the show as it is, and it’s wonderful to have brought awareness to a huge audience, but there are a few things wrong with the show as well in terms of how they deal with ASL and deafness.
Because i’m starting to get into talking about different people in ASL, I’d like to address The topic of name signs.
Name signs are what they sound like, a sign given to a name for a person. they are individual to people and often times people can have more than one name sign,…
Anonymous asked: What's your ASL background?
When I was in high school I completed the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of ASL at the Indiana School for the Deaf, and now I’m currently in my 2nd semester of taking ASL classes at Ball State University. Also I’ve done a pretty good job looking up new words every day and quizzing myself and such.
Anonymous asked: Hey, do you have any advice for someone who wants to learn asl and become fluent in it?
First off, don’t give up. Learning a new language is difficult and there are a lot of signs and grammar rules to learn.
Continue to practice on a regular basis. Set goals for yourself.
Try to embrace the deaf culture in your community. Go to event, find the deaf school in your area, and try to take a sign language class with a deaf teacher. Continue to educate yourself in every way.
Find legitimate sources online that have credibility. You can go to my links page for a few suggestions on websites and books.
Hope this helps!