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u/woofiegrrl · 2 pointsr/deaf

I don't know of any websites, but yes, there are books on ASL grammar! This is a good place to start; it's by a non-native signer, but it's also affordable...there are some ASL grammar books out there that aren't! Here is an example of the expensive type. :)

To answer your question about active/passive hands...yes and no. It doesn't matter which you use, but it should be consistent. If you are right handed, then your right should be your "dominant hand" (DH) and your left should be your "non dominant hand" (NDH). If you're left handed, then your left is DH and right is NDH. As long as you don't switch back and forth all the time, you're fine. There are some people who switch for a few signs here and there (I have been guilty of it myself), but you're supposed to stick with one DH and one NDH. :)

Now, as for every half-turn of your wrists...actually that does kind of matter. I hope you don't mind if I explain the four components of a sign:

  • Location - Where the hand is on the body. For example, in cat, the location is the cheek.

  • Handshape - The shape of the hand, positions of the fingers. You can see most of the handshapes here, note that it goes beyond just the letters! For cat, the handshape is (usually) F.

  • Palm orientation - Is the palm facing forward, back, left, or right? For cat, the palm is facing forward or "out" as most people call it.

  • Movement - What does the hand do? Up, down, back and forth, in a circle, etc. For cat, the hand moves out from the face.

    If any one of these are changed, you're not signing cat anymore - in fact, if you change only the movement, you sign fruit! That's called a "twisting" movement. In the case of "every half-turn of the wrists" that would be palm orientation (PO). If PO is back (behind you), left, or right, you're not signing cat. So it does matter. Obviously if someone is sick, injured, etc they might make signs differently - but the way to be understood is to perform the sign accurately. There are slight variations from person to person, just like there are various accents in spoken language - but for the most part, everybody forms a sign with those four criteria intact.

    Of course, all that said...you can sign really really badly and people can figure it out. This video made the rounds among my friends a while back. The guy's signing is absolutely horrible but we all understood him. We wouldn't want to chat with him on a regular basis until he improved his skills...but we figured it out. :)
u/RemyJe · 0 pointsr/deaf

> It stated that hearing people were close minded and self involved.

This is true, but your teacher made the statement out of context.

With regard to deafness and Deaf issues, I would actually agree that the majority of hearing people are closed minded and self involved.

As an example: I'm starting a new job soon in the video relay industry. I recently sent a farewell letter to co-workers and in it I mentioned my new position. Later, I was approached by one of them who had been thinking about it and asked "Can't they just use SMS? That already works fine. " Even after explaining about English skills, native language, SMS being slow and error prone, etc he still didn't quite get why a deaf person would rather use sign language to communicate with someone instead of sending a text.

Obviously, hearing people aren't any more closed minded and self involved than any one else. However, people experience the world through our senses and our understanding of it is shaped by those experiences. Hearing people understand deafness (cannot hear) but cannot easily understand Deafness (experiencing the world without sound) and encounters such as I described above are the norm. This lack of understanding influences their behaviors and opinions towards deaf people.

Likewise, deaf people, whose own understanding of the world is also shaped by their experiences understand what sound and hearing is (vibrations of air turned into electrical impulses and interpreted by the brain) but lack understanding of what it's like to experience the world with sound. And just like hearing people, this lack of understanding influences their behaviors and opinions towards hearing people.

So far so good right? This is mostly just what you'd expect to find with any two cultures with a language barrier - except that's not JUST a cultural and language barrier. Deaf people learn to read and write spoken languages and hearing people learn sign languages but still tensions exist.

In the case of hearing people, the historical approach towards the deaf has been "make them Hearing, like us!" because that's what they understand. Give them hearing aids and implants and make them speak like we do. "Fix them", etc.

This Deaf oppression, oralism and audism has left it's mark on Deaf culture. Like in many cultures, there is a strong cultural memory in the Deaf community. For some people they are drawn to the Deaf Power subculture and in even more extreme cases develop reverse audism and persecution complexes but that's a very small minority. I find it hard to believe that 50% of the Deaf people you've encountered believe born Deaf are superior people (which is the very definition of reverse audism.) Superior signers maybe, but not superior people.

More subtle issues derive from just plain, run of the mill assumptions, misunderstandings, and miscommunications. What might be considered perfectly normal behavior to one person is taken to be intentionally motivated by malice on the other person's part, and it goes both ways.

I started this response hours ago and since then have had lunch and left and come back, so I might have veered off track at some point. For sure I lost my original train of thought and I don't think I can catch it again. Train Go Sorry.

So I'll just stop here. I hope this response helped.





u/justtiptoeingthru2 · 4 pointsr/deaf

I used to collect For Better or For Worse comic strip collection books. Same with Zits. I don’t have the Zits collection anymore but I still have my FBoFW books.

Anime... I’ve never gotten into that genre. Maybe lack of exposure or proper introduction? Idk.

Marvel or DC? MARVEL! Although I do like me some Dark Knight, though...

Visual essays are also one of my favorite things. Good example is this one: Huxley & Orwell.

u/NinHB · 3 pointsr/deaf

I use this. Gentle and small alarms like the one above doesn't do anything for me. But this is really strong with two variable intensity on vibration and sounds. It also allows you to have it super loud if you're able to hear that but I don't use that function. It comes with flashing lights too.


http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-SBB500ss-Vibrating-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000OOWZUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411666876&sr=8-1&keywords=sonic+boom+alarm

Best alarm I've had and I have had a few! I commute to hotels every week and this isn't too bulky to take with me.

u/LanguageVirus · 1 pointr/deaf

This is a difficult thing to recommend, given the restrictions your friend is up against. Most of the books I want to recommend depend on a supplemental DVD, which I understand is out of the question. A couple more that I know of are spiral-bound, which I'm assuming would also be disallowed in a prison setting.

The American Sign Language Phrase Book is really the best one that I can personally think of that doesn't rely on additional material and would probably be allowed.

u/HannahEBanna · 2 pointsr/deaf

I use this.

I just put it in my pillowcase every night. The beeps don't work for me, but the vibration could set off a centralized earthquake (or, at least, it feels like that when it's under your head). I do like it--plus, it's so small and portable that I can (and have!) taken it on vacations.

u/LeEthOven77 · 8 pointsr/deaf

Something like this works like a charm. She just has to put the vibrating thingy under the mattress, or under the sheets.

EDIT : if she has hearing roommates, she can have the sound disabled by simply putting it to zero.

u/kikellea · 2 pointsr/deaf

Could buy an ASL book... I (hearing) grew up referring to The Joy of Signing once in a while.

u/ewwgrossitskyle · 1 pointr/deaf

I'm not deaf, but my wife is a light sleeper so I got the Shake 'n Wake which I strap to my ankle like a house arrest ankle monitor. It buzzes enough to wake me, and I'd sleep through a hurricane. I imagine it would be terrific for someone who's deaf or hard of hearing.

u/ardeur · 2 pointsr/deaf

I sleep with my Fitbit which vibrates on my wrist. Before that, I bought one of those small $20 vibrating alarms that I put under the pillow. This is the one I had which I still bring when I travel sometimes. It still works great, I just don't use it much anymore because my Fitbit wakes me up.

u/csProf08 · 7 pointsr/deaf

I'd recommend reading "For hearing people only"
https://www.amazon.com/Hearing-People-Only-Questions-Community/dp/0963401637

The book covers many questions about being deaf and Deaf culture. As for your specific question, the "inner voice" or "inner monolque" seems to be what you are asking about.

Link to another reddit discussion : https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/3fvlff/do_people_who_are_born_deaf_have_internal/

Or google "deaf inner monoloque" and find some articles/papers on the topic.

u/JYDrummer · 2 pointsr/deaf

https://benjamins.com/catalog/z.199

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/study-abroad-ucl/study-abroad-guide/modules/plin7309

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Understanding-Deaf-Culture-Search-Deafhood/dp/1853595454

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-Voices-Journey-into-World/dp/0330523643/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1526106775&sr=1-1&keywords=seeing+voices&dpID=41p5gh8h4XL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Although don't buy from amazon as Jeff Bezos is an arse.

I can see where they are coming from. Hearing types and tech-bros combining together has the potential to monetise and exploit deaf culture something horrible. My NVQ tutor was big into "deaf power" and an advocate of destroying cochlear implants as they were slowly eroding the standard of BSL within the Deaf community. http://www.beautifulbsl.co.uk/about-me/

Being monolateral deaf, a lipspeaker, a signer, oral and eloquent I find it hard to judge anyone or make a verdict myself.

I am doing an MSc in Digital Education and the general consensus is that AI is here and will continue to develop in both beautiful and horrifying ways. But compassion needs to be where we begin. You are designing a tool but in order to have good design you need to understand who you are making it for first.

u/humanCPengineer · 22 pointsr/deaf

Yep! There's a solution for you.

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Extra-Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Red Flashing Alert Lights and a Powerful Bed Shaker https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OOWZUK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_3MrWDbPX5EYGT

This is a bed shaker, it slides under your mattress and it will wake you up. It also has a really loud alarm and flashing lights, but I've always just used the shaker.

u/bXcellent2eachother · 2 pointsr/deaf

Hearing Impaired USA, I've struggled with this problem for years until I found a bed shaker alarm clock. Wakes me up without fail. There is quite a few out there but I have the sonic boom one like this one...another cool thing about this is you can turn the sound down to where its just a bed shaker so it's not super disruptive. Hipe this helps!

https://www.amazon.com/Sonic-Alert-SBB500SS-Extra-Loud-Flashing/dp/B000OOWZUK/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?keywords=deaf+alarm+clock+bed+shaker&qid=1568530986&s=gateway&sprefix=deaf+alarm&sr=8-5

u/redalastor · 2 pointsr/deaf

If you want to read precisely about it, check The Black Book of English Canada. The author cut through all of Canadian history to extract just those things. It's copiously sourced but most sources are in French.

We were told to "speak white" until late in the 80s. French school only became legal in all of Canada in the 90s. But then French had been wiped out of most of Canada.

The level of animosity/hatred toward French speakers in Canada is still very high.

u/chrysalan · 1 pointr/deaf

Hands of My Father. (http://amzn.com/0553806882)

Written by a CODA about spanning his parents deaf world and the outer hearing world.

u/DuncantheWonderDog · 2 pointsr/deaf

I suggest looking through Open Your Eyes and see if there's an article that grabs your eye.

u/YourWelcomeOrMine · 1 pointr/deaf

I'm in the exact same situation. I use this: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0027A573Q?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title. I'd prefer an a Apple Watch but this is 1000x less expensive.

u/waywardgirl25 · 5 pointsr/deaf

What have you tried?
I have this one and have used it for several years now.
It shakes, flashes lights, and can make noise, too.
sonic boom

u/takishepard · 12 pointsr/deaf

Sonic Boom Alarm Clocks is your best option. Most deaf people (and hearing people who are heavy sleepers) use this. It basically has a vibrating disk you can put either under your pillow or mattress, and it will shake the bed when the alarm go off. Optionally, you can hook it up to a lamp which will flash a few times instead, or even pair it together.

u/plopo · 2 pointsr/deaf

This is an alarm clock that has an attachment that shakes the whole bed. It has both a loud beeping audio alarm and the shaker, and you can use one or both. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EX7LNM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_l1teAbPE5YGFK

u/mlp-art · 1 pointr/deaf

I looked to see what was even available regarding CODA picture books, and its really difficult to find anything!

I found one book, but it's 38 years old and not sure if its too complex for a read along: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807592129/myshelfdotcom-20

u/internetbrunette · 2 pointsr/deaf

[Sonic Boom! ] (http://www.amazon.com/Sonic-SBB500ss-Vibrating-Alarm-Clock/dp/B000OOWZUK) There is no way you can sleep through these vibrations. It's aggravating as hell but has never failed to wake me up. There's a light and sound alarm as well, but I've never used them. The vibrating is more than enough for me. Aesthetically speaking, it's not the prettiest thing you've ever seen, but it does the job.

u/surdophobe · 5 pointsr/deaf

If you're worried that your peers will think you're a Luddite or caveman or something you can use a high tech solution like a boogie board. Amazon Link

You could use your phones to communicate if you want but you said you didn't want to. I agree that it's impersonal and a pain in the butt to try to communicate across a table by sending texts back and forth. and how are you going to communicate in a group that way? (even if you did do a group text or something there'd be two conversations, the text one, and the "real" conversation among the hearing people while they text back to you.)

u/LeeTaeRyeo · 1 pointr/deaf

I use one of these. It has a flashing light (not the most powerful, so don't rely on it alone), a bed vibrator and an incredibly loud alarm (up to around 113 dB, if I remember correctly). I've not completely lost my hearing yet, but I've had to transition to it from a phone alarm and it never fails to wake me up. I know my partner says it could wake the dead.