Signing the National Anthem

Hello my dear followers, I’ve been slacking a bit lately because I’ve been crazy busy with school and work things. One of these school things was a really really cool opportunity that I had with my American Sign Language class!

A little bit of background, just in case you don’t know, I am actually hard of hearing in my left ear and wear a hearing aid for it. To make a very long story very short, I had a cyst on my eardrum that should have been found much earlier than it was, so I have had several surgeries and now have minor hearing loss as a result. I’ve worn a hearing aid since I was eight years old, so I’m pretty used to it at this point. I’ve always been really interested in sign language because of my hearing loss, so when I came to school I decided that I was going to take some sign language classes. I’m currently in ASL III, which is the last level of sign language offered at Tulane ( 😦 ) but I’m hoping to stay in touch with my professor so that I don’t lose what language I have acquired. My professor is an amazing interpreter in the New Orleans community, and I can’t imagine learning sign language from anyone else, because she’s just so damn awesome (shout-out to Denise!!).

Because Denise is such an amazing professor and deaf/sign language advocate, she fought for our class to have the opportunity to interpret the national anthem at our homecoming football game! She fought for awhile to get approval for this, and it was, quite frankly, a bit of a mess to get them to allow us on the field, but she did it, and it was amazing. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been quite so nervous as I was to do this, but it was truly a one-of-a-kind experience that I’m so grateful to have had. Our class got together to create a “gloss”, which is basically breaking down what the English actually means and then translating it into ASL grammar. So, without further ado, here is the link to our interpretation of the national anthem! I only have the video from the endzone that I was signing in, so I apologize if any of my classmates aren’t in this video!

Click here to watch 🙂

I strongly encourage learning sign language, especially as a person who is hard of hearing. If you’re a Tulane student, look into Denise’s classes! I promise you won’t regret it.

Stay tuned for more updates,

xoxo, second sister suzie

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