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    Linguistics -A matter of language

    As someone with a Bachelor's in English, words and their meanings, as well their usage are important to me. The use of mental illnesses as adjectives for example (she's so Bipolar, he's so OCD) really frustrate me. Most people that engage in this practice have no idea what those illnesses entail. As someone with Bipolar Disorder I can tell you that it is more than mood swings. I do not have OCD but I can relate to those that have PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder. I was formally diagnosed back in 2019. And yet, people throw those words around without knowing what they truly mean. I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way. Another matter I would like to cover is the use of the word suffering. Suffering implies pain and while certain illnesses involve pain, suffering also implies that it is life long. I disagree. Some illnesses cannot be cured per se but they can be managed and tolerated. Another problem is the usage of the statement I am. (I am Bipolar, Anorexic etc.) You are more than your mental or physical illness. You are not your diagnosis. Instead try saying I have Bipolar or whatever mental or physical illness you have. By making a simple change in how you speak, you can change your whole outlook. You live with your mental illness, you are not the illness. You are a wonderful and resilient person that is thriving despite your illness. Just try changing how you speak and see what happens.

    #Abuse #abusesurvivor #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Language #Life #thankful #Motivation #Inspiration

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    Coping with Language

    I am a language lover. I am currently bilingual (English and Spanish) am a currently learning Latin. Learning a new language keeps me distracted and helps me to cope with strong emotions. Not to mention it's a great way to keep learning. Learning a language doesn't have to be boring. If you're interested in learning a language, I know tons of resources. It's awesome to have coping mechanisms in your self-care tool box as I call it. Fill it with things that you enjoy. What are you currently learning? How do you cope with strong emotions? Happy Learning! Felix Doctrina! Feliz aprendizaje! #Language #copingskills

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    Happy National ASL Day!

    Today is National ASL Day! 🤟🏻🤟🏼🤟🏽🤟🏾🤟🏿

    Did you know that the American School for the Deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut on April 15, 1817?

    “There, teachers and students worked together and, by intermingling Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and even Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language, American Sign Language (ASL) was born.”

    National ASL Day is celebrated every year on April 15. This day celebrates and honors American Sign Language. ASL serves as the main sign language of Deaf groups in the United States.

    Growing up hearing impaired, I learned some sign language from a good friend of mine who is deaf. She and her family and friends taught me many things that I utilized and was greatly helpful. A few years ago, my grandmother lived in a building for deaf and blind seniors, I had the wonderful opportunity of communicating with them through ASL and connecting with them on a personal level due to my own circumstances of being hearing impaired and legally blind. Last year, I took some online/remote classes through the Helen Keller National Center and one of them was for communications, where I expanded my knowledge of sign language and learned more. I even got to learn about haptic signs and tactile sign language which I would greatly benefit from due to my blindness. I am so grateful for all the people I have learned more from and am so excited to teach others about ASL!

    This day is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about sign language.

    Do you or someone you know uses sign language? Ask them to teach you some words and phrases. You never know when it may be useful!

    Image Description: A light blue background with National American Sign Language Day April 15 in white font. On the bottom left corner of the image in a large white circle is a cartoon hand doing a sign for I love you.

    #ASL #ASLDay #AmericanSignLanguage #NationalASLDay #NationalASLDay2022 #NationalAmericanSignLanguageDay #Inclusion #inclusionmatters #Accessibility #Language #Awareness #Deaf #DeafBlind #HearingLoss #HearingImpaired #Communication #Celebration #AmericanSchoolForTheDeaf #DeafCommunity #Opportunity #Love #people #communications #Students #Student #learning #AccessibilityForAll #AccessibilityMatters #Inclusivity #Inclusive #DeafCommunity #DeafAwareness #SignLanguage

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    Culture.

    To submerge yourself in multiple cultures, is the gateway to many opportunities in life.
    Once you cross that boundary line of comfortability, you really learn what it is like to be human. Without you or others exploring and risking things, you wouldn't be where you are right now. You also wouldn't find the people, music, food, and activities you love, correct? You wouldn't have met your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or whoever. You would not have grown as the person you are today. Don't be afraid to learn a language, study a culture, or explore the world, because if I didn't push myself hard enough to learn multiple languages, I wouldn't have saved a life, met a best friend, assisted people, taught others, etc.
    I promise it is so rewarding to put your self out of your comfort zone. Don't let anyone judge you for making the choices you want, they could very well impact your future positively.
    Be humble. Be responsible. Most importantly don't forget to be yourself.
    #culture #Motivation #Language

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