this is not the greatest picture
but this is where i spend six hours everyday
as you may or may not remember i am a
sign language interpreter
i work in a main stream classroom
i am in the third grade
i started signing because my oldest son had
meningitis and became deaf from it at four months old.
being a self-assertive mom he had hearing aids by the
time he was 8 months old and both my older dd and i
were signing little things to him
(dd with lots of prompting because she was only two)
he now has a cochlear implant and we sign very little
at home
makes mondays extra hard ’cause my hands are rusty!
all in all it’s a good way to earn a living…
plus the other kids think i’m cool ’cause i can talk/yell
without saying a word


8 thoughts on “

  1. >Oh my… I really admire what you do! 10 years ago, I learned the sign language and I practised curently…I even had the ambition to become interpreter but life decided differently. Since then, I moved and left the community of deaf persons with whom I had become friend… I stopped practising and now, I almost lost the totality of this language… it was heartbreaking for me…It should be known that in France, we have much delay in assistance of deaf people. The signs language was prohibited during almost 100 years, since 1880…My friend said to me that when she was a little girm, her professors attached her hands in her back to prevent her from signing!!!Terrifying! Since the Eighties, things started to change but, for example, there are only approximately 3000 interpreters in France for approximately 3 million of deaf people… I have really shame of my country for that!

  2. >Great shot. The teacher in me loves it. I studied sign language many moons ago. I was fairly good at it…although my fingers got a workout that I never expected. Unfortunately, I never had any place to practice. Use it or lose it, as they say. Sigh.

  3. >Very cool, Michelle! I have recently become interested in learning sign language. We have the nicest young man working in our library, and he is deaf. Since we are in there so often, I would really like to be able to communicate with him in some other way than writing it down. I must get to learning…So cool about your son’s success with the implant, too!!

  4. >I have always wanted to learn sign language. It’s on my list of 100 things to do in a lifetime! My DD has hearing problems and hopefully after the 8th of this month, we will know what the problems are and hopefully can help her whatever it be! She currently wears and auditory trainer in class (she’s 8 and has been dealing with this since 4).

  5. >I think you may have the most awesome job. What a wonderful way to share and spend your time. Your children and husband must be incredibly proud of you đŸ™‚

  6. >nice picture of the classroom, and how wonderful that you are an interpreter. I took signing classes many years ago… wish I had kept doing it. It’s such a wonderful thing to know. Glad you found a use for it and a way to help others outside of your own home!

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