HearInside As much as I have enjoyed this journey so far of open questioning, observation and analysis, it has been brought to my attention that my words have compromised the privacy and integrity of some of those around me. I am not only serving as an op ed columnist, I am also a representative of my department, my intended profession, and subject to following all of the privac...
Wed, Sep 23 2009
Reaching out to everyone
HearInside I want to learn how to communicate effectively with deafblind people. I see them all over Gallaudet - usually by themselves - and today during walk-in I was challenged by witnessing first-hand an example of interacting with one such client. However conversation was pretty much kept to a minimum and I'm not convinced that my supervisor is the best example to follow. ...
Fri, Sep 18 2009
"All students" - does that include me and my preferred...
HearInside Mission Statement: "Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals though American Sign Language and English..." Vision Statement: "Gallaudet University will build upon its rich history as the wo...
Sun, Sep 13 2009
HearInside It's after 2am, I just got out of the shower and instead of going to sleep I hopped online because I have an idea that wants to be shared. I think there should be an organization that provides the funding for deaf children in underdeveloped countries to come to the United States, live with a Deaf or fluently-signing host family, and attend a quality Deaf school. Chil...
Wed, Sep 09 2009
Now if all of us would just learn ASL...
HearInside I had the Subway experience from hell today. Adjacent to Gallaudet is this decrepit little Subway restaurant with no seating, a big wall of plexiglass separating you from the sandwich-makers and a little spinning booth in which you exchange services. Although the surrounding neighborhood is primarily African-American, the workers usually aren't black and will speak ...
Wed, Sep 02 2009
Why would Gallaudet even offer Audiology courses?
HearInside This question was recently brought to my attention by an anonymous commentator. I've recently submitted this blossoming publication to the editors of Deafread, an anthology of daily musings by members of the Deaf community. Before I did so I made sure to read through the publication guidelines, whereby I learned that hearing entries are indeed accepted - as long as ...
Sun, Aug 30 2009
I really do love my
HearInside Less than two weeks now until Gallaudet! I'm spending the interim time at my aunt's house in Connecticut, basically twiddling my thumbs until I can get moving. Thanks to a last-minute tip-off from my ASL instructor, I discovered Camp Mark 7 and the "ASL Silent Week" that will allow me to spend a (hopefully?) quiet week in the Adirondacks. I leave on Sunday.But THIS we...
Sat, Aug 29 2009
A new place
HearInside Alright, it's time to try to get this thing off the ground. I've never had a blog before and it's quite possible that I'll spend the next few years talking to nobody but myself, but even in the event of zero readership, I suppose it's never a bad idea to document one's thoughts.Hello. I'm Jessica. I haven't yet arrived at Gallaudet for the start of my program but I di...
Sat, Aug 29 2009
playing operator gets me thinkin'
HearInside Today I played relay interpreter for my Deaf friend from Canada. I got her set on AIM, then I called the number and read them a little script K and I had agreed upon ahead of time - and stepped into my role. It was an interesting experience - I always thought it would be - but quite nerve-wracking as I waited for K to hurry up and respond to my messages onscreen. Long...
Sat, Aug 29 2009
HearInside I'm here! Back on campus, back to Gallaudet - for a week now. I'm comfortably situated in my Carlin suite with my stuff all askew and the room carefully partitioned to give 50/50 access to my (hearing) roomie, L(e). I have two suitemates, V and L(a) - L is Deaf, V - hearing. So far we've gotten along well, though I don't feel like I know La very well yet.This week has...
Sat, Aug 29 2009
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