A Deaf perspective

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Mar 29 02:31:14 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
March 28, 2004

What is CASE, Bill?

Val ;-)


On Mar 28, 2004, at 6:18 PM, Bill Reese wrote:

> Adam,
> I grew up hard-of-hearing and became deaf when about 35.  I didn't
> begin
> to learn sign until then.  Since I'm late-deaf, my primary language is
> English and my sign is CASE.
> Bill
> Adam Frost wrote:
>> Hey all and Stephen, Bill, Daniel, James and Judy, Angus, and Dando,
>> This is just a question that I have been asking myself as I have been
>> reading the messages recently posted on the list. This is more
>> specifically
>> for the seven named, but others can answer if they want to. Are you
>> Deaf,
>> Hearing, Deaf later in life, etc...? The reason I am asking is
>> because it
>> would help me understand what you are talking about and from what
>> point of
>> view. No, I don't have anything against you if you are anything other
>> than
>> Deaf. I actually commend you for wanting to learn SW and ASL (or which
>> ever
>> SL).
>> I guess since I asked the question, I should answer too. So for those
>> of you
>> who do not know, I am Deaf from birth. I was raised oral, and then
>> learned
>> sign in High School when I was 14, or that is what I thought. My
>> mother
>> explained to me that she had gotten in contact with my teachers of
>> when I
>> was young. They had apparently taught me sign when I was very young. I
>> was
>> lucky that I had sign from birth. But after the age of 6, that all
>> stopped.
>> I had forgotten it all. I had a somewhat good understanding of English
>> before I was 14. But after I learned ASL, everything skyrocketed. My
>> grades
>> in school went from C's to mostly A's. This made me very interested in
>> improving my ASL so that I could improve everything else. I have had
>> many
>> Deaf tell me that I had to have know ASL my whole life because of the
>> way
>> that I sign. When I found out that I was taught when I was young, they
>> all
>> told me an I-told-you-so!
>> I don't know if this helps any of you that much, but it will help me
>> if some
>> of you tell me about yourselves. Thanks in advance.
>> Adam
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