Originally Posted by Tousi
Koko, but you have ASL and are good at it........just rarely used, eh?
Right, sort of. I began signing well into my adulthood when I first attended Gallaudet for 3 years. None of my signing had anything to do with my success today in terms of what I do and have done. I owe my successes to my hearing aid, my auditory-oral upbringing, the ability to hear well and communicate among my hearing peers and such that laid the groundwork for my past and future successes. Though I am successful in my ability to communicate with others using sign language. But in terms of academic, work, the ability to interact with the hearing population, I've been successful with that. All without the need of signing. So, yes, to answer F_J question, one can be successful without ASL. It is an area that's quite subjective and several factors are involved in making it work.