Colorado Springs, COUSA
November 16, 2011
In 1995 my girlfriends in college mentioned they were going to take a sign langauge class. As being interested in learning, I took it along with them. 3 weeks later the all dropped out of the class. I continued for 3 more years, reaching as far as I could without entering the Interpreters Program.
In the middle of my second class ASL 2, I got a job working with 2 hard of hearing and 3 Deaf people on an assembly line, eight hrs a day, 5 days a week. Needless to say my skills improved dramatically. Shortly into that job I moved in with one of the Deaf as a roommate for 2 year where I was completely surrounded by the Deaf community. By the time I was taking ASL 4 and 5 the teacher was one on my close friends, who was deaf. Since then I have moved away and have nt been able to be as involved in the Deaf community as then. But I have been able to keep up on most of the skills and have used it many times actually translating at my work in the ER for any deaf that come in. I do let them know right off the bat that I am NOT an Interpreter and we are calling one in for them and ask if they would like to wait or use my help to at least got the ball rolling for them. They have all accepted my assistance until the professional arrived. I for the last yr have translated my church
Hello, my name is Kat Wilder. I am fluent in ASL. been outta practice so its more English worded than ASL. I am planning to go back to school to enter into the Interpreting Program and eventually become certified
I think this is a wonderful opportunity for other signers to meet and communicate using ASL. Its a perfect group to keep up the skills and to learn more!!!