Hi Doc. I'm decided to learn ASL after my mom passed away from Alzheimer's, as did all of her siblings. While taking care of her I found research that indicated doing those things that actually "re-wire the brain" have shown to diminish the likelihood of getting Alzheimer's; learning a new language is one of those activities that actually does rewire the brain.
I'm just beginning my third semester learning ASL, and like you, am working to become fluent. Would like to know if you'd be interested in practicing together; I'm on Skype, Facetime, and can easily download Glide if you'd prefer.
Take care, welcome, and hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Beto
my niece did the same. Woke up deaf.
I have a brother that lost all hearing while on active duty, and I've lost 70% in the left ear and about 30% in the right. But, since I used to work with the Regional School for the Deaf, I remember some sign. Now, I want to become fluent in ASL. It's not a necessity, but I'm in an area where about 10% of our population is Deaf.
I appreciate your story and can understand. Personally, I do not prefer the sounds of the outside world.