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We broke into groups a few times to practice and many of the girls really got into it. In fact, ironically, it was the quietest I've ever seen them in 5+ years. They had homework, too--to watch some videos with Deaf people signing to each other.
- Performance of "Mama Who Bore Me" from "Spring Awakening" http://www.nytimes.com/video/theater/100000003893735/in-performance-spring-awakening.html
- Deaf campers signing Happy ( http://www.people.com/article/deaf-film-camp-viral-video-people-exclusive ),
- Turkish townspeople learn to sign for a Deaf man in this commercial ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrvaSqN76h4 )
- Deaf woman at Starbucks ( http://www.upworthy.com/when-this-deaf-woman-went-to-starbucks-she-got-a-lot-more-than-a-tasty-frappuccino )
- Switched at Birth "Identity of Being a Deaf Person" (tv show)
- Switched at a Birth "You've got a Home to Come to"
- ASL nook videos Thanksgiving in ASL | ASL Nook
- For more videos or an ASL dictionary, I'd recommend either http://aslnook.com (fun videos with thematic word groupings) or http://www.lifeprint.com (esp First 100 words; also has dictionary)
She also took questions about being Deaf that the girls had written down. Intriguingly, most wanted to know if her arms got tired. No. Second most common question was if she knew every word in "the whole universe." No. When asked if she knew any other sign languages, she said she knew a few words in British Sign Language, which is different. Then we talked about how she went deaf, how she went to school, and how she knows the alarm clock or fire alarm are ringing or someone is at the door. She also demonstrated a telephone interpreter service. The girls were amazed--is it live?? is it real??
I am really grateful to my friend and her daughter and really proud of my troop (and Bud, who sat through both meetings so he could learn some ASL. And now he wants to take lessons!) It was a great experience for all of us.