That is great to hear Dogmom. Right now, the only persons I know that are HoH is my family (no help there). I have been "cracking out" on Signing times and the net, but without anyone that knows ASL yet. I have asked around but nobody seems to know anyone else in the neighborhood that is HoH (with sign) or d/Deaf. The nearby suburb group that I joined in hopes to find someone to practice with does not meet for about 3 weeks, so i am hoping to get some more signs under my belt so i don't just stand there confused (my guess is I will anyways). I have gotten a webcam to chat with the friends I make at the face-to-face meeting, but so far, I have just been using it to see my own signs and practice my ABC's phonically (read somewhere it helps when you start to read someone FS'ing to sound out the letters then to mentally try to spell). Not sure if it is the "right" way, but so far so good.
It helps that I too was in LD as a kid/teen and found I was a visual learner. To see and mimic tends to burn things into memory faster for me then to read it from a book, the trick is getting the grammer down. I know it seems silly to learn from YouTube, but some, like CaptainValor, have the ASL translation next to the English translation when you click "more". It lets me look at them both, figure out why and what order things are placed, then watch the video to see a example of it.