Hello world!!

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Hello everyone my name is Abby. I'm profoundly Deaf and I never learned sign language until I was 15. I grew up with a Cochlear implant and I've never made friend with deaf people. There's not a huge Deaf community where I live so I still haven't meet anyone but, I do want to join in the culture and the community. I am currently 16 and I am still learning sign language at my mainstreamed school. I hope we can be friends!
 

deafdyke

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#3
Hello everyone my name is Abby. I'm profoundly Deaf and I never learned sign language until I was 15. I grew up with a Cochlear implant and I've never made friend with deaf people. There's not a huge Deaf community where I live so I still haven't meet anyone but, I do want to join in the culture and the community. I am currently 16 and I am still learning sign language at my mainstreamed school. I hope we can be friends!
Welcome! Glad you popped up here! One option that you could look into (b/c there's not a huge deaf community where you are) is going to Deaf Camp this summer.....there's all kinds of Deaf camps, from State School based to sports, to religious to traditional. Check them out here....https://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-cen...l-resources-and-directories/summer-camps.html You might also want to see about Deaf Schools or dhh programs in your area..that's also an option and might be fun! There's also a "national Deaf High School on the campus of Gallaudet..... Don't feel worried about if you're still new to ASL....;there are usually a lot of HOH (either functionally or audilogically) kids, or kids who speak and sign. Most kids who sign also talk....and they are very welcome to new signers. One of my friends is HOH. Took the plunge with going to Deaf camp and ended up going to a Deaf School, which she loved!
 
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Welcome! Glad you popped up here! One option that you could look into (b/c there's not a huge deaf community where you are) is going to Deaf Camp this summer.....there's all kinds of Deaf camps, from State School based to sports, to religious to traditional. Check them out here....https://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-cen...l-resources-and-directories/summer-camps.html You might also want to see about Deaf Schools or dhh programs in your area..that's also an option and might be fun! There's also a "national Deaf High School on the campus of Gallaudet..... Don't feel worried about if you're still new to ASL....;there are usually a lot of HOH (either functionally or audilogically) kids, or kids who speak and sign. Most kids who sign also talk....and they are very welcome to new signers. One of my friends is HOH. Took the plunge with going to Deaf camp and ended up going to a Deaf School, which she loved!

Thank you so much! I will definitely take these into consideration as I start making plans for the summer and looking at colleges. All my hearing friends have somehow met deaf people and getting involved while I'm just kinda here. I still use my Cochlear implant a lot and relay on it quite a bit but I want to be able to do without it sometimes, if that makes sense.
 

deafdyke

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Thank you so much! I will definitely take these into consideration as I start making plans for the summer and looking at colleges. All my hearing friends have somehow met deaf people and getting involved while I'm just kinda here. I still use my Cochlear implant a lot and relay on it quite a bit but I want to be able to do without it sometimes, if that makes sense.
Oh definitly!!! It's important to be able to function both with and without your CI! I'd look into http://www.rit.edu/NTID/EYF/ and http://www.gallaudet.edu/outreach-programs/youth-programs/summer-youth-camps.html Also, check out your State's School for the Deaf and see if they offer anything. Heck, maybe you could even attend! Many schools have year round enrollment. What state are you in?
 
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Oh definitly!!! It's important to be able to function both with and without your CI! I'd look into http://www.rit.edu/NTID/EYF/ and http://www.gallaudet.edu/outreach-programs/youth-programs/summer-youth-camps.html Also, check out your State's School for the Deaf and see if they offer anything. Heck, maybe you could even attend! Many schools have year round enrollment. What state are you in?
I live in the state of Georgia, and for the 16 years I have lived here I have not seen any deaf culture. I think the closest deaf school is a couple hours away and since my mom and Dad are split it would be hard to move.
 

deafdyke

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I live in the state of Georgia, and for the 16 years I have lived here I have not seen any deaf culture. I think the closest deaf school is a couple hours away and since my mom and Dad are split it would be hard to move.
Deaf Schools do have dorms you know! http://www.gsdweb.org/ If you're close to Atlanta, there's a Deaf School there. http://www.aasdweb.com/ Also, there's MSSD, which is in Washington DC, on the campus of Gally, and it's open to kids from all 50 states. http://www.gallaudet.edu/mssd.html There's also a Georgia specific Deaf Camp: http://www.gcdhh.org/gcdhh-programs/camp-juliena/