The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit. - Wade Davis
Often we talk about American Sign Language and English to the point we forget what is makes us different from one another is culture. Culture is not limited to dress, food or fads. Culture encompasses more than that. It is this one half of a human learning, social and biological response which ties itself with language to make a difference. Culture also alters language, which is why the cultural practices of Chicago, IL will be different from the cultural practices of Dallas, Texas to Washington, DC heading to San Francisco, CA. Even if we share a common language, how we practice that language is different, especially when spoken.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf had their conference in Indianapolis this past week and StreetLeverage posted two YouTube videos about the significance of Deaf community, Deaf Schools and Deaf Culture that interpreters need to be aware of and pay urgent attention to.
There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community. - M. Scott Peck
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.