September 28, 2011
I am hearing. I am always striving to be more fluent and more comfortable signing in front of others - an obstacle I feel I am finally overcoming. I am also extremely 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.
I attended a basic ASL class when I was just out of high school (not going to admit that year) but did not remember much, so I began by taking 6 classes at the Beverly School for the Deaf before taking all of my prerequisite ASL classes at NECC in order to get into the Deaf Studies 2 year degree program. I just completed my first full year in the Deaf Studies Program at NECC (woo hoo!) and in 1 more year, I would like to continue on and complete my BS at another college in either Social Work or Elementary Education. My wish is to work with the elderly in an Assisted Living, Long Term Care or Hospice environment, or at the elementary level with children (two totally different areas!).
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 returning to ASL from long, long ago - a little daunting, but I'm determined to pursue the career I've always wanted - but put on the back burner to be a stay at home mom for 23 years. I am now in the Deaf Studies Program at NECC.
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!