Celebrating National Deaf History Month

by Tera Tuten on March 23, 2016

national deaf history month

National Deaf History Month is March 13 – April 15.

This holiday celebrates key figures and events that have made significant improvements over the years for the for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Today, school-based professionals like Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Sign Language Interpreters are carrying forward those very improvements within our classrooms.

Calling all Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hear and Sign Language Interpreters!

What’s your reason for teaching and/or interpreting? Share your story for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Share your reasons by commenting below. It’s our small way of saying “thanks” for the big difference you make every single day.

Deaf History Month Share

We will be accepting entries from now until Friday, April 15, 2016.

Happy Deaf History Month from all of us at Soliant! 

 

 

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy chadwick 03.25.16 at 12:52 pm

My decision to enter graduate school and earn a degree as a deaf educator was fueled by the prospect of making a difference in the lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. If I can give them more opportunities for growth, learning and ultimately living a better quality of life of their choosing in a world filled with potential, then I feel that I have made a difference. The deaf community pulled me in when I first learned sign language and I became passionate about educating others about this population who used such an expressive language to communicate.

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Courtney G. 03.25.16 at 2:47 pm

I am a Deaf mentor since a few years and love that job to teach families with their Deaf and hard of hearing children ASL or sign language. This language is important for them all to have that ability to communicate each other. They can choose a few kinds of communication methods to get their children to communicate with each other. The Deaf community is fortunate to have a language to express so easy. I believe that language is impactful on many people..

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Katherine Fager 03.25.16 at 4:21 pm

Language has always been a big part of my life; my dad learned three languages in college and taught one of them in high school. I took an introductory course in Sign Language and immediately was drawn to the language. Originally, I had been interested in working in Special Education. When I started learning Sign Language/ASL, I realized that I wanted to incorporate that skill with my future career. My school counselor had given me information about Audiologist, Speech Pathologist, and Interpreter. I had never thought about interpreter, but it fit all the things I wanted in a career.

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Ellen Rice 03.25.16 at 4:22 pm

I m a Deaf Actress/Model/ASL Sign Instructor/Mentor/Tutor.I absolutely love “The BeautifulSign Languages” because my husband and I are profound deaf couples. It is important to communicate with deaf family,frienfs and people. The languages for the Deaf Cultures to live a better life and believe what we can successfully our goal. We can do anything except we can not hear. I believe the charcter roles is a good example to reach out deaf and hearing community is an example of a role model. I love the languages and ASL Sign Languages. That is why I love what I do and I love helping and educated hearing people to understand the Deaf Cultures. I love traching Sign Languages. Best, Ellen Rice

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gene sherman 03.28.16 at 11:19 am

Hi.
My friends mom is 88 years old
She lives alone l would love to find
A place to socialize with other folks
That are heading repaired. Do you know of that type of place
Thanks😊

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Cathy Klein 04.09.16 at 9:22 pm

I am a Teacher of deaf/special ed students. I have been in this position for 5 years. Often times deaf individuals who have other disabilities are viewed as being harder to teach but I like challenges! I feel that everyone has a place in this world and something to offer. I enjoy working with my class because it is very rewarding to see their progress, to see their self-esteem improve and to bring happiness and hope to their parents. One of the most special moments of my job is to see the light in the eyes of students when they realize that there are others like themselves who talk with their hands!

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Roxanne Daleo 04.13.16 at 9:30 am

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” -Mark Twain

When I was in 4th grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher who was kind, not scary, understanding, not critical and encouraging, not discouraging;
my 4th grade teacher made all the difference to me. You see, I had a learning
disability and she was the one who inspired me to become a teacher of the deaf.

Academically, I always had a harder time than most, it caused me to find novel ways
to learn. When I went to college I was lucky to create a Self-Designed major, a
teaching certification in Physical Education and Health for the Deaf.
I remember my first student internship-I felt a connection with the young, deaf children in my active classroom. Perhaps, my heart went out to my students because I wanted to provide the same kindness and caring my teacher gave me which helped me so many years before.

I took interest in learning advanced sign language from the National Theatre for the Deaf
which assisted me in growing a deeper understand of their needs. I remember my first
job working in a hospital as a young graduate where I was an interpreter and a teacher helping to emotionally prepare pediatric patients for upcoming medical and surgical procedures.
I’ll never forget the look of terror on the teenager’s face who had to undergo a procedure called a cardiac catheterization. He was to be conscious, cooperative, and remain still. The doctors expected me to help this deaf teen, named Charlie, understand each step of the procedure in order for all to go smoothly. Charlie was so proud of himself, he waved and gave thumbs up to the doctors.
This experience lead to my writing and implementing the hospital-wide protocol for staff to use when caring for a deaf patient. My hope educating staff in sign language and guidelines was to improve the treatment and compassion for the patient who is deaf. Surely it did, after each presentation, I left a manual in every department and on all inpatient floors.

Currently, I visit schools for the deaf to teach stress reduction techniques. I use a unique creation of mine called “Out of the Blue: A Visual Relaxation Journey for the Hearing and Hearing-impaired”. I am delighted to reach children who might not otherwise learn special
skills to foster kindness for themselves.

“The educated heart of a teacher improves children’s lives.” – Roxanne Daleo

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Nikki Cleary 04.14.16 at 9:19 pm

I became an interpreter because I believe all people should have equal access to communication regardless.

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sharon rainey 04.15.16 at 12:31 am

When I was 10, I went to summer camp for the first time. It was there that my life changed completely! There were deaf kids at camp, and having never seen or heard of a deaf person, I just could not “get” why they could not hear me when I spoke, or why they used “hand gestures” to speak. When I asked the camp counselors about these new-to-me campers, she said “they are deaf and dumb”
“Dumb?” Now I watched them more closely, and interacted with them. What I found during the summer was that they were not “dumb” at all, but was just like everybody else. I was hooked. I “learned” sign language (mother, father, brother, sister, baby, and of course fingerspelling). Before I left camp, I decided to become an interpreter for the deaf.
When I left camp, I started reading books, and gathered all information I could find. I attended college, and took some courses at Gallaudet. I loved learning how Deaf and hearing people are the same, yet different.
I have never regretted my decision.

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