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

#1
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.
 
#2
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

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#3
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.
 
#5
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!!!
 
#6
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.
 
#7
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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