I want to normalize ASL and want to give equal access to information to everyone

Hello! I'm Anja, and I am learning ASL. Aside from the fact that I think it is a beautiful language, I want to normalize ASL in everyday life and I want to ensure that those who are Deaf or hard of hearing have the same access to information as everyone else. Interpreters sometimes miss information unfortunately, that is part of why I want to be the best interpreter possible so that everyone in the situation knows what is going on. I tried to learn ASL on my own years ago but gave up because no one believed in me and that I did not have too many uses for it at the time. I hope to meet fellow learners/teachers, Deaf and hard of hearing individuals on this site!
 
Nice to meet you Anja. I'm hearing with Meneire's but have noticed some trouble getting words in conversations lately... Especially in crowds. I have an appointment with audiology in March. I have been teaching myself ASL since I was about 17 years old...I'm 35 now.
 
Oh that sounds awful, I am so sorry! Getting words into conversations is tricky, I especially struggle with this. Some people are just too nervous to speak out loud or are just unable to due to an underlying issue. I hate all the pressure we have to go through just to speak out loud or to jump into a conversation. Sometimes speaking out loud just isn't feasible for some people. Reasons can vary, whether it is an inner ear issue like yours, anxiety, articulation , etc. Signing can also be the best way of communication if an environment is too loud or if you are in a setting where you cannot speak. Whispering is more distracting in a test room setting than sign language in my opinion. I really hope your appointment goes alright. ♥️


Much love,

- Anja
 

authentic

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Motivation is the key!

There are several asl social meet ups on the meetup app. I'm in the San Francisco ASL group and they welcome anyone to join.
 

Anne_Rivas

New Member
Hello! I'm Anja, and I am learning ASL. Aside from the fact that I think it is a beautiful language, I want to normalize ASL in everyday life and I want to ensure that those who are Deaf or hard of hearing have the same access to information as everyone else. Interpreters sometimes miss information unfortunately, that is part of why I want to be the best interpreter possible so that everyone in the situation knows what is going on. I tried to learn ASL on my own years ago but gave up because no one believed in me and that I did not have too many uses for it at the time. I hope to meet fellow learners/teachers, Deaf and hard of hearing individuals on this site!
That's a beautiful answer is it possible to put this answer onto my documentary book about ASL Learners under your name?
 
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