Have you ever wanted to learn sign language?
If you're anything like me, when you see someone signing whether it's in real life, on TV or in a viral video interpreting songs, you are FASCINATED!
I know I was the first time I really saw it. I grew up in a small town so there wasn't anyone there that I knew that was deaf and I'm not sure I had ever really even thought about how they communicated.
It wasn't until I went to a summer camp in middle school that I really saw sign language being used. I would sit mesmerized as the camp staff signed during skits or songs. I love it.
What got me past the "Ohhhh, that's so pretty" phase to the, "Okay, I HAVE to learn to sign" was a deaf camper. As a high schooler I was still attending camp in the summer (eventually becoming a camp staffer there). One week at the end of camp the camp director told me that the little girl who had enjoyed the week of camp with her interpreter and watched all the songs and dramas done in her own language, looked at the director and signed, "Does God love Deaf people?"
The director signed back, "Yes! God loves Deaf people!"
The little girls simply signed back, "I never knew."
That had a profound impact in my life. I now know, after years of studying ASL and Deaf Culture, that we don't need to have a helper mentality simply because they are deaf, however, they do deserve to know they matter and if no one has taken the time to tell them that or make them feel as important and special as they are as a person simply because of a language barrier, then we need to change that!
I started learning ASL at camp to those summer skits and songs and it launched me into a career of teaching ASL and interpreting for the Deaf. What I love more than anything is to sign music. I sign when I talk. I sign when I sing. I really sign when I worship. More than all that though, I get to have friends that are deaf and they are some of the most amazing people in my life.
If you've been waiting to learn or just trying to learn on your own but not really having any success then watch this short video about how you can learn ASL by learning to sign songs or check out my Sign Language Page for more info.
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I'm a Gypsy soul, with an Entrepreneurial spirit and compassionate heart. I believe passionate people inspire people and that we all should be chasing our passions in life. I help others do that through helping others figure out how to LIVE life, LOVE more and LEARN as they GO explore.
Having taught ASL and Entrepreneurship both in the classroom and online to high school students for the past 12 years, I have a heart of teenagers and helping them succeed.
I also love encouraging closet gypsy souls who are afraid to just chase their dreams and be true to the real person they are who's been locked away inside because of fear.
I can't help but help!