Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Random curiosities

I use captions on TV/cable for basically everything because my speech discrimination isn't all that great at normal volumes, so I know how invaluable they are. I also wish there were more open-captioned movies in theaters. But, having recently learned that some portion of the Deaf community isn't completely fluent in English, I have to wonder how beneficial the captions are to them. Are captions basically for HoH and bilingual Deaf??

I also was wondering, if you are driving, is it possible to have a meaningful conversation in ASL with the passenger?

Monday, June 4, 2007

A new hearie in the Deaf world

So I have been toying around with learning ASL for quite some time now. I tend to be a very busy guy, so I make sure I am fully interested in something before I commit--doing something half-ass is not my style.

I was born with hearing loss that has progressed more rapidly than I would have liked. I have had hearing aids for 8 years now and they are a tremendous help. I started with CICs and then moved to ITE because I needed more power. Without them I surely would be have to be more fluent in ASL, or else I would be really non-functional and isolated. I have been researching the Deaf community lately and am really astounded how much I never knew about. I honestly thought ASL was just English words in sign form using English grammar. I think this misconception is really widespread among hearies, and probably furthers false stereotypes that deafies aren't particularly intelligent (since they can't even write proper English). Can't be any dumber than the average American who isn't fluent in more than just English!

It does kind of suck to be stuck in between the two worlds, too. I love to watch ASL vlogs, but cannot understand them because they aren't captioned. And I don't know anyone who is fluent in ASL, so I am going to have to be very committed to learning until I meet some. I bought Signing Naturally with the DVD because I am finding it difficult to make out what some of the signs should look like using a couple frames of pictures. Anxiously awaiting its arrival in a couple more days!

Cheers to all. I looks forward to learning more over the coming weeks, months, and years. Hope I find some people to talk to, and maybe will find the courage sometime soon to post my first vlog.