Berry: So does your daughter feel bad being an interpreter? I'm not sure why you would want to make it seem as if being an interpreter or wanting to be one is a bad thing. Last I checked there was a high demand for qualified ones.
I agree I don't know a lot about the deaf community, nor do I think I have acted as if I do.
What can I bring to the deaf community? I am here trying to meet nice people, I didn't realize I had to prove myself to you. I am a nice person, I am learning ASL, I joined this web site to get involved with the deaf community.
Why am I getting more judgment from you than anyone else? What do you bring?
I have not judged you. I told you this already but you do not believe me. I asked you a question which you avoided answering by going on the defensive. This is because you do not understand the question.
I was raised as a multi cultural outsider who became comfortable as a loner.
Through no fault of your own you have been raised to accept certain cultural values as innately true and unquestionable. Now you suddenly find yourself in a situation where they do not always apply. It is sort of like suddenly finding yourself in deep water and you don't know where a good solid foothold is.
I bring very little to the Deaf community except love of all things Deaf and a willingness to go out of my way for those I am friends with. On the other hand I take nothing from the Deaf community except the friendship of those who like me.
My daughter on the other hand earns her living as a terp and recognizes the debt she owes to those who taught her freely and welcomed her into their community. As a result over the past twenty odd years she has regularly logged in hours upon hours of volunteer work, adjusted her charge to what her clients could afford, and bartered with those who have skills but little money.
She has always sought to give to the Deaf community at least as good as she has received.
Here are a couple of articles about her on AD:
When she received her VRS
Speaks for itself.