August 14, 2012
I became interested in sign and Deaf culture as a young teenager when I was taught a song with sign. I began teaching myself from a library book and soon after I met a second cousin of mine who is Deaf. Meeting her opened up a whole new world to me. In college I decided to become an interpreter through El Camino College but only 2 semesters in the classes became impacted so I just moved on to my BA in Behavioral Science. I worked for many years with the Developmentally Disabled in direct services and as a social worker. I was able to use my sign in limited ways with some of the people I worked with. When I became a mother I began teaching my son and looking for a program to follow and I found Signing Time to be the best around. My children are now 7 and 9 and I continue to teach them the beauty of ASL.
I am hearing and I have conversational ASL skills at an ASL 4 level. I am a Signing Time Instructor teaching introductory ASL vocabulary basics to parents and very young children of all hearing and developmental levels. I am passionate about bringing awareness to the community about all abilities and encouraging inclusion for all. Not only does my job now help children developmentally and communicatively (since ASL is a great teaching tool) but it teaches them from a very early age to see everyone as special and unique with their own set of abilities. Helping to bridge gaps early in life leads to a better world for us all. And, the hope of the Signing Time creator can be realized...that a child won't be scared to approach another child on the play ground who happens to be Deaf and sign, "Do you want to play?". I can't think of a better example than that for why every child should learn to sign.
Hi! My name is Anna and I am hearing. I have been signing on and off at a beginners level for years. In the last few years I decided to finally complete ASL 4 and I am continually striving for more fluency.