Hi!!! I am stopping by as a guest and would like to introduce myself. My name is Wendi and I am a student at a local college here in Orlando, Florida. I am actually studying towards a minor in ASL Interpreting. My passion is to eventually work with deaf children and be as much a part of their world as I can, bring awareness of choices, and to be a "voice" for deaf children in hearing families. I volunteer at a local school as well that mainstreams their deaf children and also focuses on their individual needs one-on-one in a classroom setting. I am a mother of two teenagers trying to go to school and work full-time as well to reach my goals one step at a time. :) My sister is Ann, a blogger on this site as well! Some of you may know her as the Deaf Socialite. I grew up learning sign language at a local church when we lived in Columbus, Indiana, as well as from books and from the help of my dear mother. :) I did the best I could with what I knew which was pretty limited. As I got older I began to realize I wanted to learn more. I then started to search for schools and took my first ASL class. I was very shocked to see the difference in what college taught compared to what I already knew. I then realized I wasn't really signing ASL. "What?!!", I thought. "How could this be? But I have known sign language since I was a little girl!!" My professor evaluated me and informed me that in fact, I was signing English, not ASL. "HMMM...", I thought. "Maybe this is why when my sis gets together with her friends, I never understand fully what they are saying." So that is the beginning of my ASL journey. For those of you that may not know, ASL is very different from English. It is a very visual and complex language consisting of the combination of handshapes, movement, and grammatical features. ASL is unique in the way that it is a visual language full of facial expressions, etc. ASL is in fact very artistic so to speak in which to tell a story you have to "paint a picture", show, express, and tell. I was very surprised to learn all of this myself, learning of a world my sister has been a part of for many years, wanting to be more apart of her world than I ever was. I may not have always been a part of her world as I should have, so from me to you, if you know someone who is Deaf, take the time to try to learn at least the alphabet. Start out small, and show a small token of how you care. Show how it is important to you how someone like her may feel. If you just show you care, you can be a part of her world too!! Thanks for having me as a guest and I hope to help more in the future spreading awareness and helping people understand maybe a little more than they may know now of the wonderful world of ASL:)))
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