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Sign On - ASL Education LLC

About the owners: Sue Sanders, co-owner of Sign On - ASL Education, has been a Sign Language Interpreter for twenty-two years. She has been nationally certified since 1999 and holds an IL Advanced Proficiency Interpreter license. Sue has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Illinois and has taught in the field of Interpreter Education for sixteen years. She has conducted workshops, mentored interpreters, and served in Deaf ministry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, art and photography. Lynette WIlliams, co-owner of Sign On - ASL Education, has been using American Sign Language since 2006. She holds an IL Intermediate Interpreter License and has been a Sign Language Interpreter for 8 years. Lynette has a Master’s in Business Administration and has experience teaching in a variety of course material. Lynette enjoys teaching her two young boys the language in order to communicate better with their father. In addition, Lynette enjoys learning new signs as the language develops and changes over time.
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Sign On - ASL Education LLCWednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 8:20pm
Sign On - ASL Education is really pleased to offer another cool T-shirt design! This one is for the kiddos. These T-shirts; Gildan heavy cotton, navy blue with white ink print, are available in youth sizes XS (2/4), S (6/8), M(10/12), L (14/16) XL (16/18)
Cost is $15.00 per shirt. Your t-shirt can be shipped within the continental United States for an additional $5.00 per shirt. Ordering information will be posted on our website in the next few days! We appreciate the fine work of the staff at Academy of Screenprinting & Awards and our talented graphic designer, Ruby!
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Sign On - ASL Education LLCThursday, August 10th, 2017 at 3:36pm
I saw this posted on a Deaf friend's wall and I had to share.
THIS is a piece of Deaf Culture and Awareness. THIS is why we teach American Sign Language classes. We want our Deaf friends and our Deaf family members to feel less isolated in the greater hearing community.

A Deaf person's perspective:

What is it like to be Deaf?
People have asked me. How are you Deaf? Deaf? Oh, hmm... how do I explain that?

Simple: I don't hear. No, wait... it is much more than that. It is similar to a goldfish in a bowl, always observing things going on. People talking at all times. It is like a man on his own island among foreigners. Isolation is no stranger to me. Relatives say hi and bye, but I sit for few hours among them, taking great pleasure at amusing babies or being amused by TV. Reading books, resting, helping out with food.

Natural curiosity perks up upon seeing great laughter, crying, anger. Inquiring only to meet with a "Never mind", "Nothing" or "Oh, it's not important." Getting a summarized statement of the whole day. I'm supposed to smile to show my happiness.
Little do they know how truly miserable I am. People are in control of language usage, I am at loss and really uncomfortable there. Always feeling like an outsider among the hearing people, even though it was not their intention.

They are always assuming that I am part of them by my physical presence, not understanding the importance of communication.
Facing the choice between Deaf Event weekend or a family reunion. Facing the choice between the family commitment and Deaf friends. I must make the choices constantly, you wonder why I choose Deaf friends??

I get such great pleasure at the Deaf clubs, before I realize it, it is already 2:00 am, whereas I anxiously look at the clock every few minutes at the Family Reunion.

With Deaf people, I feel so normal, our communication flows back and forth. Catch up with little trivials, our daily life, our frustration in the bigger world, seeking the mutual understanding, contented smiles and laughter are musical. So magical to me, so attuned to each other's feelings. True happiness is so important.

I feel more at home with Deaf people of various color, religion, short or tall than I do among my own hearing relatives. And you wonder why?

Our language is common. We understand each other. Being at loss of control of the environment that is communication, people panic and retreat to avoid Deaf people like the plague.
But Deaf people are still human beings with dreams, desires, and needs to belong, just like everyone else. That's how I am Deaf.

(Copied & pasted) sharing for people to understand a little better about deaf culture.

If you've gotten this far, sign up for an American Sign Language class. We have an ASL Level 1 starting up again in September on Wednesdays in Peoria Heights. We would love to teach you and make a Deaf person's world a little less isolating.
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Sign On - ASL Education LLCMonday, August 7th, 2017 at 4:15am
This is important information. As part of the Affordable Care Act, if a Deaf/Hard of Hearing person requests a live interpreter, one is supposed to be provided. The man posted this video originally for Utah but ACA is a federal act not state so as far as we understand, this video is valid in Illinois as well.
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Sign On - ASL Education LLCTuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 10:41am
This is for awareness. Those with cochlear implants (CI) can hear sound/noise but they can't distinguish that sound/noise immediately. CIs require therapy and a learning curve.
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Sign On - ASL Education LLC added 2 new photos.Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 7:27pm
Thank you to awesome presenter, Linda Trueblood, and to each participant who joined us for today's workshop! It was a good time of learning and professional development!