I’ve been working on my sign language development the last couple of weeks. It’s been a challenge to get over the hump of learning the signs and forgetting to practice it as often as I need to, to keep improving. I am only getting to see my CDC students about three hours a week and that was been a challenge itself. They have been picking up on a few ways to incorporate sign into our time together, which is exciting! But, this week I decided to take a break from the progress and research a few other topics dealing with sign language. *Thanks to my digital literacy classmates*
I choose to research famous people who have suffered from deafness, but are related to education. This is a simple connection to my project, as well as my future career. Here are a few I chose-
One of the most well known, Hellen Keller: Keller was a deaf and blind women who lived in the 18th and 19th century. She learned to communicate and eventually became a noted author, lecturer, and political activist. Because Keller was both deaf and blind she had to use the manual system to communicate. The manual was a system where each word expressed was spelled out one letter at a time with different finger positions to represent each individual letter. If sign language was a possibly option for Keller, blindness not being an issue, it would have had to been invented. Signing was not a concept while Keller was learning to communicate.
Alice Cogswell: Alice’s story takes place when she was nine-years-old. She was one of the main reasons for American Sign Language and American deaf education to become a real possibility. Cogswell is known as the “young deaf girl who inspired Thomas Hopkins Gallaudent.” Gallaudent is the man who began the education of the deaf in America.
Start ASL’s website: https://www.startasl.com/famous-deaf-people/ has the full story of Alice Cogswell.
Charles Michel de I Eppe: Eppe is also known as the Father of the Deaf, and the Old French Sing Language alphabet. He was an advocate for deaf rights in the 1750s and established the original public school for deaf, the National Institute for Deaf-Mutes in Paris. What is unique about this school system is that students came from all over the country and who required to bring signs that they used at home, to the school.
This has been one of the most interesting subtopics I have researched so far with my project. Thank you to my twitter classmates who provided some ideas for this week’s blog!!