Hello Beautiful Hearters! September is Deaf Awareness Month, so I thought I'd make an article about my sign language journey!

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I first started learning Sign Language when I was in a club in the third grade. My teacher wasn't fluent in ASL, so she just taught us PSE (Pidgin Signed English), which is the use of American Sign Language signs, but in the order of English sentences. I loved the club and my parents got me pamphlets to help me, but a few weeks in, the club got canceled.

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I never engaged in Sign Language after that because I didn't know any other teacher who could teach me, so I just never bothered to try again. But I'm forever grateful that my teacher introduced me to such a unique and beautiful language and history because I later used that passion to start learning again.

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But fast forward to when I was 15, my mother and I started watching Switched At Birth and I became interested in learning Sign Language again. I started searching for sites online and books I could use to help me. I found a plethora of helpful links and I dedicated my entire summer to learning basic sign language, as well as the history of American Sign Language.

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Now, at 18, I'm well on my way to becoming fluent in PSE! I'm planning on taking an American Sign Language course at my University as well, so I'll be able to communicate in ASL.

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Why I Learn Sign Language: I'm learning Sign Language to communicate with people and break down communication barriers. We often depend on Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, as Hearing individuals, to learn how to lip read for our comfort.

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But communication is a two-way street and I would love to communicate to everybody if it were possible!

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Here a few links to my favorite Youtube Channels and Websites that I use to brush up on my Sign Language:

(Life Print) Website One: https://www.lifeprint.com/

(Rochelle Barlow) Website Two:
https://aslrochelle.com/

(Sign Duo) Youtube Channel One: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCET0ZgnCFLi1369c3ZWfSFA

(The Daily Sign) Youtube Channel Two: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9MGNRfXnAFlg_KQWBWQCyg

Thank you for reading! If you have a Sign Language story, feel free to message my personal account to chat! I encourage you all to learn a few signs using the above links!

Again, Happy Deaf Awareness Month!

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