Hard of hearing ; want to learn SEE..ASL is a struggle to learn...

Sean James

New Member
Hi! My name is Sean. I am a 44 year old hard of hearing man. I wear hearing aids but still miss alot of what ppl are saying in conversation.I am considering Cochlear implants but there are alot of risks to the surgery and it's a highly invasive surgery too. I am on medi- Cal and SacramENTo ent says that if my new hearing aids ( I have Starkey hearing aids) do not work well for me they will set me up for acochlear implant surgery at UC San Francisco. These aids don't work well for me-- but I have been thinking of avoiding the surgery and studying ASL or SEE..I think SEE is the better option because my first language is English. A problem I have is that there are no SEE courses available-- that I know of-- in my town...they do offer ASL at the local community college but the classes are geared towards hearing people not LDAs or hoh. Anybody have any suggestions?
Thanks.
 

deerheart12

Member
I believe SEE is meant for teaching English to deaf/hoh children in the classroom not for general communication. You will not find a true SEE group or classes for this unless it's for teachers I think. I could be wrong though.

Besides if you're going to meet people that are late deafened they are probably going to be more on the English side. I see all kinds of signing skills and it's a mix. Sometimes people still sign with more English order or with the prepositions. Others are flat out fluent in ASL and are really fast.

Try going or contacting this http://www.norcalcenter.org/ as they may have the resources you want like sign language classes and maybe support for late deafened folks.

https://alda.org/ - more for late deafened info

https://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-ASL-American-Sign-Language/

I understand that ASL is confusing, try focusing on the signs and basic sentences first do not worry about in order. I found that knowing the signs and of course fingerspelling really helps.

Good luck! :)
 

Lysander

Well-Known Member
I pretty much agree. As a hearing person learning to sign, I've been told by deaf people that when I try too hard at ASL I'm harder to understand. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm signing modified ASL. I try, but English is my first language and it's gonna take many more years to get ASL grammar.

I do have to say SEE seems useless to learn. I don't personally know anyone who signs SEE. I know there are a few people here who know it and grew up with it, but I think even they have said they're trying to learn ASL because SEE isn't really used for communication.
 

Deafsociallight

New Member
Hello my name is Madeline, I was hit by a car car 9 years ago. The doctors thought I would never wake up from my 3 month coma but, I did. Relearning how to do everything from start to finish. When I fist woke up I was completely deaf and blind now, knowing some finger spelling I was able to communicate. I have one eye and one ear that works! Now I’m continuing my passion for sign language by learning how to sign songs and working on my communication skills in ASL!!!
 

Sean James

New Member
I believe SEE is meant for teaching English to deaf/hoh children in the classroom not for general communication. You will not find a true SEE group or classes for this unless it's for teachers I think. I could be wrong though.

Besides if you're going to meet people that are late deafened they are probably going to be more on the English side. I see all kinds of signing skills and it's a mix. Sometimes people still sign with more English order or with the prepositions. Others are flat out fluent in ASL and are really fast.

Try going or contacting this http://www.norcalcenter.org/ as they may have the resources you want like sign language classes and maybe support for late deafened folks.

https://alda.org/ - more for late deafened info

https://www.meetup.com/Sacramento-ASL-American-Sign-Language/

I understand that ASL is confusing, try focusing on the signs and basic sentences first do not worry about in order. I found that knowing the signs and of course fingerspelling really helps.

Good luck! :)
Thank you for your reply. I made contact with Jennifer Cruz at NorCal and am waiting for the staff at my group home to set up an appointment with her..it probably won't be until after Christmas.
 

ZeusAergia

New Member
someone gave me a book on SEE after my coma. i kept correcting its grammar but it is SEE. its a relatively fast moving book but easy to follow. the book of signing a handbook for words and phrases by christopher brown.
 
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