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.