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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.

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Guard my Life - Signed English and Interpreation

A song for when you don't have the words or strength to pray.
I'm so encouraged by all the people who like 'Guard my Life'. It really is my hope and prayer that my music and experiences would be a blessing to others. Here is its official music video with beautiful signed English and interpretation by Deanna Scott from Signing for His Glory.

#Deafness #HardOfHearing #Christian #Jesus #MentalHealth #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Depression #ChronicPain #Cancer #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #Faith #Hope #SignLanguage #MightyMusic #Poetry

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Sign language Bible Translation

I am so proud of my brother and the organization that he is in. They are translating and educating others on how to translate the Bible into every kind of sign language.
He tells more about it in the video below.

If this is something that impacts you or someone you love, please pass it along. This is a huge task and they need all the support they can get.
#Deaf #Deafness #HearingLoss #sign #signing #SignLanguage #bibletranslation #Bible #Christian #parentofdeafchild #Otosclerosis #PagetsDisease #DeafCulture


Any first hand experience with sign language, such as Makaton, with autistics? #MakatonSigning #makaton #SignLanguage #AAC #NonverbalAutism #Nonverbal

Being able to communicate is important for everyone, especially with non-verbal autistics. everything we do rely on our ability to communicate with each other. Do you have experience with any sign language with autistics, such as Makaton, which is a language programme using signs and symbols. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. I wonder why it is so under-used, and not promoted among nonverbal. Any insights or ideas?


Love without a Voice #mightypoet

I long to hear the ‘I Love Yous‘
With lots of kisses, or just a few,
A lingering hug, a wave or two,
Anything at all, as long as it’s from you.

I don’t mind the day or time,
I will wait forever for a sign,
That you know, how deeply I do,
Love every single inch of you.

I watch your eyes as I know you do,
Look deeply into mine too,
Your little smiles, your gentle looks,
Fill my heart and keep me hooked.

Waiting patiently everyday,
For your voice to find it’s way;
To fill my life and heart with love,
A sign that there is an above.

I love you now and I will love you still,
Whether that day Is to come, or it never will.
#AutismSpectrumDisorder #Nonverbal #gdd #PECS #SignLanguage