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    From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to Richard Webb on Sat Oct 15 23:56:04 2011
    Hi, Richard! Recently you wrote in a message to Ardith Hinton:

    I know blindness, and am familiar with helping adults
    adjust to its onset later on in life. IT even took me
    awhile to wrap my head around some of that, because I
    was born this way, it's the only world I've known <grin>.


    But eventually you *did* manage to get your head around it... and you realized the learning curve might be steep for them as well.

    Our young friend & her mother were thrilled to have an opportunity to work on echolocation recently with a blind woman from out of town. They'd just attended a workshop where this woman was one of the presenters... then she took them out to the street for a private lesson. When one of Nora's classmates was in a similar situation I'd often see him on the street with a sighted classroom aide. I think our friend & her mother learned more in just one afternoon. :-)



    contrary to some people's fears, we found she didn't
    become overly dependent on sign language. While it's
    a useful skill to have in one's repertoire, the majority
    of others don't understand it. The net result, in Nora's
    case, was that it faded as her oral speech improved.... :-)

    This is always good, but there are many who've bothered
    to learn sign.


    Yes, there are. As teachers Dallas & I worked with students who were learning Signed English... going into more detail here because you seem to have some knowledge of the subject matter. Basically, Signed English is a word-for- word translation of everyday English. That's the variety of sign language most hearing people are familiar with. Kids in school love it because they can talk to friends on the other side of the room without making a noise. Teachers such as Dallas & me turn a blind eye... i.e. assuming you will pardon the expression ... because they recognize it's a project the kids are doing in another class & one has to strike while the iron is hot. Within a week or so, we'll be back to confiscating notes & reading them aloud or chuckling over the fact that we have replied to what somebody in the back row whispered to a friend across the aisle & carried on without missing a beat. In the room down the hall we get paid for knowing who forgot a C#, but very few kids understand the implications.... ;-)

    The three of us also took an evening course in American Sign Language during Nora's hospital stay after her stroke. The instructor was a deaf person ... unlike other instructors we've had. I noted with interest that the grammar & word order are different, and that it's not kosher to mirror what you see the instructor doing. You're supposed to copy the hand signals in reverse.... :-)




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  • From Daryl Stout@1:19/33 to ARDITH HINTON on Sat Mar 3 02:47:00 2018
    Ardith,

    instructor doing. You're supposed to copy the hand signals in reverse....

    A fellow ham radio operator and her husband were signing "dirty jokes"
    to each other at a restaurant table. When nearby customers were
    laughing, they embarrassingly realized they could read their sign
    language!! <G>

    The best one though, was in a restaurant in Annapolis, Maryland. Four
    ol' boys were at a restaurant table, telling each other "dirty jokes" in
    Morse Code (also known as CW).

    This drop dead, gorgeous, curvaceous female walked up to the group,
    adn admonished them "You boys better watch your language. I teach CW at
    the Naval Academy across the street!!" and walked out.

    They were as red as tomatoes!! <BG>

    Daryl

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