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  2. Hi! I’m in High School and have just started learning asl, and would like someone to actually practice/help me with it, if you don’t mind.
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  4. Who decides if a person is a ¨member¨ of the deaf community? Also people who are biologically mute or have mutism cant give out name signs?
  5. sir this is a ASL website lol there are people that post stuff on here
  6. hey so ive been working in asl for about 2 yrs and would like to teach people and i would like commnicate with people if you can talk with me let me know at [email protected]
  7. Hello everyone. I’m new here and I just started ASL 1 in college. I’ve personally had a few Deaf friends in the past, and I hated that I couldn't have a conversation with them because I never I have learned how to sign. I took French in high school and honestly, I could’ve retaken it to fulfill my foreign language requirement since I did take two full years of it in high school. But honestly, I didn’t feel like I would ever utilize it much. My math tutor at my current college suggested I take ASL instead. Besides the fact that I think it would be awesome to communicate in every type of different community, it could be extremely useful in my career. I'm a 36-year-old mother by the name of Lauryn. I have two daughters, and we all live with my boyfriend that I've been with for past 5 years along with our rescued degus', Remy and Rebel. I am a college sophomore at Daytona State College. I am attending DSC to get my associate of arts degree which as long as everything works out with my classes, I'll have my degree in May 2023. I'm going to University of Central Florida in the summer to pursue my bachelor's degree in social work so that I can reach my goal of becoming a substance abuse counselor. I also work at a local nonprofit recovery community organization called the Volusia Recovery Alliance. I started volunteering with them about a year ago doing local outreach events in my county. Our big thing is passing out Narcan and educating our community on how to use it in case of an emergency. Through volunteering I was asked if I would be interested in becoming a certified peer recovery specialist. The CRPS credential is for people who use their lived experience and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery and wellness from mental health and/or substance use conditions. I am a woman in long term recovery from alcoholism and opioid use disorder along with some mental health disorders I battled for quite a while. I have 3 1/2 years of continued recovery meaning I haven't used any substances or drank any alcohol in that length of time. After volunteering for a while, the agency had a position available for a peer recovery support specialist, and they told me they wanted me to fill out the application for the job. I honestly didn't think I would actually get position, but I did. Now I get to work with my fellow peers (program participants) that are in recovery, or trying to get into recovery, by providing the person with whatever support they might need like if they are looking to go to inpatient treatment, or sober living or anything they may need to give them the support they need at that time. I facilitate recovery groups and I go to our local detox, and our women, mothers, and children in-patient rehabilitation center to assist any of them that may need help. I am so passionate about what I do, and my life literally did a complete 360 from about 6 years ago that the only explanation I have was that God removed me from that mess I was in so I that I can be of maximum service to my fellows. I started ASL 1 about a week ago and I as I was watching all the welcome videos, I realized I really know nothing about the Deaf community. I was reading over the rules and etiquette, and I kind of wondered why the Deaf friends I did have as friends actually communicated with me. I had pretty much violated all the Deaf etiquette suggestions at one point or another. My class is a full immersion class, and my teacher is a member of the Deaf community. I'm very excited to learn all I can now. I can relate to the stigmatization that the Deaf community has faced for many generations. I have been stigmatized most of my life whether it be regarding my substance use disorder or my mental health disorders. I have been in recovery for quite some time now and I am still constantly having my past thrown in my face all the time. I hate that addiction is the one of the only diseases that people really have no empathy, or compassion towards. So being a part of the Deaf community would mean the world to me so that I can be of service to anyone who may need me. This will be challenging for me. I love to socialize with just about anyone, but not using my voice to do that will be challenging. I also am kind of fearful that I am not doing it right so no one will want to talk to me, and whomever is going to laugh at me because I don't sign correctly. I know these are common fears for anyone going to something new. I have memorized the alphabet and numbers 1-20, and some various words/phrases. The way I look at it when in doubt I can fingerspell it out. Sorry for the huge post, I did say I like to talk, right? I feel like a new kid in a new school right now writing this post, but I know the beginning is always the hardest part. So, someone please be my ASL buddy?😂
  8. Hi, my name is sarah mcginty I just started sign language a month ago and im stilling learning i came to this comunity because my sign language teacher told me to so it would be nice if i met a few other people who are welcoming.
  9. Hi everyone sorry I’ve been away a few months. I’m still interested in signing with others. Please comment here or you can send me a message :)
  10. I can't believe I just found this awesome website .... love everything I see on it!
  11. Hello all! I have been practicing ASL by myself for several years, and I can communicate in slow conversations. But having no one to practice with, I often lose momentum in learning. I would like to become an interpreter someday, or even teach. I was excited to find a community such as this one!
  12. Are you going to be learning ASL together or do they have a headstart already? There are a few ASL dictionaries, like Handspeak, also a lot of material on Youtube. Google "ASL signs", set it to videos and youtube, and just start watching all the videos. Take lots of notes to remember the signs. Open a new notepad file and put in it all the site addresses, you will want to find them later. look for specific videos on every subject, alphabet, numbers, verbs, time, animals, etc. Make sure you're all learning the same thing, and make sure you're not learning BSL, wups~
  13. I have a grandparent who was diagnosed deaf last year. I really want to stay in communication with him so am looking to learn ASL sign language. I'm not sure where to start I searched some different apps and found one called Pocket Sign but I don't have an iPhone. I see they have a website https://www.pocketsign.org has anyone ever used it? do you guys have any android/website ASL learning resources to recommend?
  14. I'll have to try some of these
  15. Just start now, and see how it changes over time, as you learn ASL, trying to be perfect now only slows you down.
  16. Hello! I'm sorry if this is not the right forum for this question. I wasn't sure where it would go best! I am an artist currently working on a comic. One of the characters is not deaf but rather is unable to speak, and he communicates via sign language. Because a comic is a visual but non-moving medium, I'm trying to figure out the best way to show this. My thoughts right now is to do a couple of panels of him signing main ideas and providing a text translation, since I know it would be impractical to show the entire sentence every time he speaks (and I also do not know sign language besides fingerspelling and a few key words). I know this is a rather niche question, but I thought it would be better to ask, as I am not part of a community that uses sign language to communicate, nor do I know anyone who does IRL.
  17. Hi All! I sell pre-made and custom ASL stickers on Etsy and Fiver! These stickers are great for gifts or personal use! They work for water bottles, laptops, journals, or wherever you like to stick your stickers! Below are the links to both platforms and I have attached a few samples! Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aestheticartwithlove?coupon=FORUM5 Fiver: https://www.fiverr.com/share/ERGDoK Use the code FORUM5 for $5 off for coming from the forum!!
  18. There are a few youtube channels that are more obscure that can help, especially "Read with ASL" google it with the word youtube appended. Others are at a more intermediate level, like "IntermediateASL", "ASLInteractive", and of course Bill Vicars. Talk to Deaf people in your city for both advice and connections. Go to your community college and ask to talk to an ASL teacher, and tell them about everything. Find a Deaf club/group in your city, but in-person is much better, especially if they can interact with him directly and they can certainly direct you better. If there is a Deaf school nearby, stop in and talk to everyone there, basically let Deaf guide you~
  19. Hi there, my son is in 2nd grade and is nonverbal. He uses ASL to communicate yet he can hear enough that the teachers and aides just talk to him. They use a little bit of sign but no one in the school is fluent in ASL. Its frustrating toe as a parent to see such a lack of drive to learn it. I'm actually having a hard time with requesting it in his IEP because it's hard to advocate for him. I think it's an excellent idea to include ASL as a class in all schools.
  20. Hi there, I have a special needs son who is 8 and is mentally about the age of a 4 year old. We've know he has hearing loss since he was about 8 months old and so we started signing with him. In the last couple years his signing has come a long way thanks to signing videos and his need and want to communicate. He can hear at 40% in his left ear and a little better in his right so we definitely still verbalize everything while we are signing. The signing we are doing is more for main ideas but not so much sentences. I signed up here hoping I could get some advice and help with signs.
  21. I would love to have a signing practice buddy. Today is my 1st time on this site. If anyone knows of any other site that people meet on to practice signing I'm open to any suggestions. I am on Eastern Standard time, I live in North Carolina!
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