Hi Cindy, You are not at all oout of line. SMILE In my case, I have always been blind, so if I had a choice of which sense to get back, I would choose my hearing. I was a musician, so I really miss my music. You are right, though, one cannot dwell on it but must pick up the pieces and go on. I can hoonestly say that life is still good. You may be interested to know that signing is not my favorite way to communicate because most of my friends do not kknoow sign language. I have two machines with typing keys and Braille ooutput on them. One is manual and portable, and the other is two units, one Braille and the other typing, that just operaFingerspelling, writing print letters in the palm, and sign language are the methods mostly used. I am very thankful I got my education, raised our boys, and worked many years before losing my hearing. SMMILE Sue S.tes oon battery for an hour. So anyone who can spell words can communicate with me and we do not have to touch one another. Of course a few hand signals are great for something quick, or when neither one of my machines is available. You might also be interested to know that the method of communication Helen Keller used where she had to feel her teacher's mouth and throat is no longer taught. Fingerspelling, writing print letters in the palm, or sign language where one always needs an interpreter are the methods now used for those who are not fluent Braille readers. There is also some kind of electronic method for people who do not have understandable speech but I know nothing about that because I have understandable speech. SMILE Sue S. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Grandma Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:44 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Sign Language Interesting. My assumption was what Barbara wrote, but it did seem to me from what I saw in the movie Miracle Worker that that was different. I was wondering how a blind person could learn and communicate in sign language. Forgive me if this is an impertinent question, Sue--and I know you don't dwell on it because you're always so matter-of-fact and cheeful, but may I ask, which sense do you miss most, or, conversely, if you had a choice of regaining one, which would it be? You don't have to answer if I'm out of line asking. Cindy --- siss52 <siss52@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > Hi Laura, > > I think Barbara is thinking of finger spelling when > she asks if they will be > signing in your hand. It has been my experience > that you put your hands on > the hands of the person who is signing to you, and > follow their signs in > that way. Some sighted deaf, and some blind people > as well, are sensitive > about touching and being touched. I do know it is > something one has to work > at every day in order to get really good at reading > signs and signing back. > Are you studying ASL, or signing in English, meaning > that the signs are > different. I am no expert, but I am deaf-blind and > have had some experience > with people signing in English. I know nothing > about ASL, except that there > is a difference. > > Regards, > > Sue S. > > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Laura Glowacki > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:29 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Sign Language > > > I'm not sure, but I'm assuming that this is how the > class will work. > Another totally blind friend of mine is also taking > the course, and I > imagine he and I will also be spending extra time > outside of the classroom > working with the instructor. > > Laura > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Barbara > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:46 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Sign Language > > > I guess, you are going to communicate by having > someone do the signs in > your hands. Is this correct? > > Barbara > > Laura Glowacki <orangebutterfly87@xxxxxxxxx> > wrote: > I'm totally blind, and I'm taking a sign > language class in the fall. > Once again I believe bookshare (and the wonderful > volunteers who make it > possible) will be responsible for giving me much > needed additional help > outside of the classroom. Every little bit helps > especially in a difficult > subject such as this. So thank you for the book! > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: Barbara > To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 6:21 PM > Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT Sign Language > > > I have taken sign language classes and also > found it frustrating > because of my vision problem. I had difficulty > reading the sign language > quickly and producing the signs since I had > difficulty seeing the exact > nature of the signs to copy. Like you I am > interested in Deaf Culture and > wish that I had a more effective way to sign. I am > glad to know that someone > else had the same experience as I had. At one time I > wanted to teach kids > with hearing impairments but gave up because signing > was difficult for me. > > Barbara > > Barbara > > Anastasia Saridakis <anamatia81@xxxxxxxxx> > wrote: > Hi CIndy > Thanks again for takig the book on. The book > will answer that > questions and many others. I too have been > interested n deaf culture but > have never learned an effective way to learn to > sign. I tried a class but it > was full imersion and very frustating. Anyways, > thanks again for the help. > If you have any questions, I wstil have the file. > Take care > Anastasia > > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > Fussy? Opinionated? Impossible to please? > Perfect. Join Yahoo!'s > user panel and lay it on us. > > > > ____________________________________________________________________________________Need a vacation? Get great deals to amazing places on Yahoo! 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