One of my favorite shows is Who Do You Think You Are? (on TLC). While I am not fond of celebrities having the advantage of being able to travel anywhere to find where they come from, this show gives you an idea of how lineages can be tracked and researched.
I have always been interested in my family's genealogy and now including my husband's. About two years ago (or maybe it was when my son turned 2), I found out that my husband's great-grandparents lived only 15 miles away from my great-grandparents (or great-great/maternal) in Posen, Poland.
Moving off and to the point, today's show was about Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) where she talks about her grandfather being a part of the German Army during World War II and while being a Jewish American, she was concerned with her grandfather's Nazi inclinations. She talked to one of the archivers in Berlin where the military records are kept from WWI and WWII about her grandfather being a Nazi. The archiver mentioned that there are two extremes - the Nazi being one and the opposing perspective; however, all evidence indicated that the larger German population fell in the middle, "floating". Therefore according to Chelsea's grandfather's background, he fell into this group.
This got me to thinking...let us apply this to the real world of ASL, deaf and the view of what it means.
Most of us always think that there are extremes in our daily lives. We do experience that either directly or indirectly; however, when you begin to wonder, there are people who take this in stride regardless of which extreme tries to exert its influence. The 'take-in-stride" people are actually larger than both extremes and will take reality at face value. This group is larger than both extremes and falls in the middle: larger than the oral-technological-medical pathologists and ASL/Deaf Culture only for Deaf.
There are many who want to learn ASL, meet deaf people and begin to know (if not understand) what is the real part of their world.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.