When I began my journey, the first resource I found and continue to use the most is Rochelle Barlow’s ASL in 31 days. Through her program, I joined a facebook challenge group and.. as promised, I completed my first challenge: Introducing myself to the challenge group!
In this video, I introduce myself by finger spelling my name, sharing my age, the country I’m from, and what I do for fun and work.
After posting my video to the challenge group, I left it open for feedback from my fellow learners and teachers:
How cool is this?! I love that I can connect with people online who sign and get feedback. I’m hoping as I continue to post challenge videos I can make more connections. It would be really neat to make a friend online through learning ASL.
The work does not stop there! Of course the learning in a learning project.. never ends! I am continuing to dig through the online world hunting for resources and communities related to learning ASL. In my recent post, I attempted to join a Google + community for individuals who use ASL or are learning it. Unfortunately, I was denied access.. sadness..
Fear not, I don’t give up that easily! I found an open Google + community: The Sign Language Community. This group allows members to join their group as soon as they request! I reached out to the group and asked for a little help with resources. I am hoping that by doing this, I can meet some ASL learners to network with via Skype or video chat. This way I can have some raw practice with conversing in ASL and connecting with learners around the world.
I also explored some pages my colleagues follow on Facebook related to sign language (fan pages, sayings, etc):
- Whyisign: I love this page because it has inspiring videos, memes, and videos of people who post themselves signing and describe the reasons they sign.
- We Love Sign Langauge: This page is very diverse! There are memes, quotes, shirts you can order, and videos here as well. What I love most about this is that they post resources for ASL learners as well such as the alphabet, and signs related to time.
- InVisible REvolution: This page is more of an advocacy and awareness page than it is a resource for learning ASL itself. It’s actually a page for a documentary that will soon be released called Invisible Revolution. The documentary is about a mother who fights for the survival of her culture and her son in a hearing world. This page is just as valuable to me as the others that I use to learn ASL because I think the deaf culture and history behind ASL is so important to learn about and understand.