September 28, 2011
I am hearing. I am always striving to stay involved in the Deaf community and to stay fluent. I am also very interested in the dialect differences and linguistics of ASL, so the varied ages and exposures of the people attending this group create a fantastic mix of that.
After completing one year of ASL classes at the Beverly School for the Deaf and two pre-requisite ASL classes at NECC, I was accepted into their 2-year Deaf Studies degree program. I graduated in May from NECC, with my Associates in Deaf Studies, and am now attending Merrimack College in their 2 year Bachelor's Degree Completion Program, where I will earn my degree in Child, Family and Community Studies. My goal is to use what I've learned to be an asset in any classroom with deaf students.
I have already found so many benefits from attending this Meet Up on a weekly basis ... immersion in an ASL social environment, great new friends, improved fluency, constant learning, and appreciation for Deaf Culture.
I am a mom of 3, and after staying home with my kids for 25 years, decided to return to school to get my degree in Deaf Studies. What I have learned over the past 4 years has changed my life - definitely for the better. :-)
I really enjoyed observing at my first meeting ... Paul drew me out a little and made me feel more comfortable and taught me quite a bit at the same time. Thanks for your patience (and humor), Paul!