I keep learning some very interesting things from Cathi Bouton from VisualizeASL a great educator on the topic of American Sign Language. ASL has become a very popular trend for kids and adults right now (on Facebook Twitter & Website)
Hearing Loss’ or ‘Deaf-Gain’ ? Although some Deaf individuals can’t hear at all, all people that can hear could learn to use sign language.
For many people, the idea of being “hearing impaired” or having a “hearing loss” is a devastating concept.
There is a huge community of culturally Deaf people who don’t feel that way at all. To be Deaf is to have a community, a language, a culture, a way of life that is unique and valuable.
Rather than focusing on ‘hearing loss’ and what Deaf people can’t do, Dr. Dirksen Bauman and Dr. Joseph Murray have developed the concept of “Deaf-Gain” – why the world benefits from the contribution of Deaf people.
The report from the conference of World Association of Sign Language Interpreters, and World Federation of the Deaf outlines three premises to this concept: Deaf Benefit; Deaf Contribute; and Deaf Lead.
Briefly, the discussion revolves around how Deaf people, with their unique perspective on the world because they use a visual / gestural language, have so much to offer if we could only open our eyes and hearts to understanding the concept. See more detailed information at: http://efsli.blogspot.com/2011/07/deaf-gain-why-world-needs-deaf-people.html.
You can start your journey of learning American Sign Language, with Visualize ASL’s two CD-roms for practicing ASL vocabulary: Volume 1: Basic Vocabulary and Fingerspelling, and Memory Match Games.
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Recently I learned some very interesting things From Cathi Bouton (on Facebook Twitter & Website) a great educator about the ASl Language which has become a very popular trend for kids and adults right now.
American Sign Language has been in the national spotlight with Mayor Bloomberg’s sharing the stage with interpreter Lydia Callis during his speeches regarding Hurrican Sandy. Saturday Night Live, Chelsea Lately and the Jon Stewart show all ran spoofs on the “antics” of this interpreter. This led to a clear and thoughtful article published on the mentalfloss website [www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/149593] discussing the grammatical aspects of ASL. Fascinating stuff!
Did you know that American Sign Language is, well American. That sign language is not universal? That natural languages are steeped in culture, and there are hundreds (thousands) of signed languages throughout the world, just as there are thousands of spoken languages that are tied to their culture.
Did you know that learning a second (foreign language) will make you smarter? Not only is ASL fun and fascinating – but it will grow your brain as well! And imagine if all of us in the USA were bilingual in English and American Sign Language. The millions of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals living here would have full and complete access to communication and equal opportunities for employment, housing, education ….
You can learn ASL vocabulary in an interactive game format with Visualize ASL’s Volume 1: Basic Vocabulary and Fingerspelling. Watch a video of the sign and choose the picture that matches it – over 450 basic signs. Or try the Memory Match Games to improve your ASL and your memory. Played alone or with a friend, the infinite number of random game set ups will keep you playing again and again.It’s a good time to join the revolution. Start for the fun of it and make learning and using ASL a lifelong skill that benefits everybody.
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