LOVE 2 ASL
INTERPRETING SERVICES AND
"The interpreter scene prior to 1964 was so vastly different from that which exists today that it is a strain on the imagination to contemplate it ... We did not work as interpreters, but rather volunteered our services as our schedules permitted. If we received any compensation it was freely given and happily accepted, but not expected." - Lou Fant, RID biographer
We visited the residential school for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind in April-May of 2004. The Deaf-Blind residential school shares the same campus, however, not the same program. They have special teachers working with the Deaf-Blind students, using tactile sign language to communicate.
In the picture below is Samuel with the 5 Deaf-Blind students. Sara is on the far right with Samuels arm around her.
These Deaf-Blind students live at the residential school for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind in Ghana, West Africa.
The young lady on the right, Sarah, was delightful and very clever. She asked my permission to touch my hand and then she ran her hand up my arm immediately smiled and said you are a white person. I was amazed at her ability to know my race based on what I felt like.
Next, She asked my permission to touch my face and said, you are beautiful. I was stunned at her ability to see with her hands.
Then I said, would you like to feel rest of me and she squealed with delight. I took her hands and ran them up my legs ( I was wearing shorts) over my hips across my stomach and she said, you are short! I with my hands inside of hers, said, "Yes" Im short and then I put her hands on my face and laughed and laughed and so did she. It was a wonderful experience for me and my husband stood teary eyed next to me.
Sara then with a serious face asked me, why had I learned sign language?
I thought to myself, isn't she a clever girl, she asks the same questions that a Deaf person who has their eyesight and lives in America always asks me. That's Deaf culture for you...Smile.
Kofi and I donated the money to have a of a book of sign language translated into 30 copies in braille, for the Deaf-Blind students to study sign language.