American Sign Language Presentation
Summer O. '23 and Kaitlin R. '23 delivered an interactive presentation to faculty in November about American Sign Language (ASL). Both are students in Rachel Fidrych's ASL II class. They explained that learning ASL is a matter of inclusivity, as signing helps to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds. Summer described herself as a kinesthetic and visual learner and said that ASL is a natural fit for a student with dyslexia.
They shared signs for common words, such as "hello," "thank you," and "help," as well as words related to teachers, including "math," "academic adviser," and "reading." They then helped audience members sign the alphabet and asked them to sign what they teach and their names. The young women graciously offered guidance and encouragement to the participants.
"Kaitlin and Summer wanted to share what they have learned in American Sign Language with the Landmark community and highlight some important signs used in Deaf culture," said Ms. Fidrych. It has been such a pleasure watching them learn and grow using ASL!"