Monday, March 13, 2017

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths- Helen's Run/Walk 2017

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HKNC’s mission is to enable people who are deaf-blind to live, work and thrive in their community of choice.”

Sunday April 23, 2017

ENTRY FEE (Jan. - April 18th):  $30 adults; $15 age 18 and under.  After April 19th and  day of event: $35 adults,  $20 age 18 and under.
REGISTRATION INCLUDES:  • T-shirt  • Postrace refreshments (Register by April 5th to  guarantee T-shirt size.  T-shirts are not guaranteed  for same-day registration.)
WALKERS/RUNNERS:  Individuals of all ages and  disabilities are welcome to  participate. Participants  under 18 years of age must  have waiver signed by a  parent or legal guardian.
CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Official Start 9:30 a.m. sharp!
REGISTRATION AND  START POINT: Sands Point Preserve 127 Middle Neck Road,  Sands Point, NY

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Griseline Dionisio Jusino also known as Mrs. Grissy is an inspiring, heart-full individual who has dedicated her life to learning about the Deaf community.  Her inspiration came about when her first born daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of two, 30 years ago.  Ever since then she dedicated herself to learn all she could about the Deaf community just so that she can learn about the world that her daughter would once become a part of.  Her eagerness to ensure that the communication between her daughter and her grew and this served as a motivation for her to become an interpreter and a teacher.   In turn, she obtained a Deaf Studies degree and a Masters in Education as well as becoming a Certified ASL/Spanish Interpreter.  She has over 17 years experience and has provided services within various fields (educational:  New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), VESID-ACCES-VR, medical and mental health).

“ My goal was not to become an interpreter or a teacher, my goal was to be able to communicate with my daughter.  I now feel the urge to give back to the community, I want to contribute by helping parents with deaf children to understand the importance of learning Sign Language.  I want to share my story.  I want for people to know how Deaf culture has opened up a whole new world for me and my family.  I want Deaf people to be empowered and for hearing parents to know that they can make a difference in raising deaf children.  Parents can help their children become as happy and productive as they can be.  Hearing parents need to learn Sign Language and about Deaf culture, they need to accept their lovely children for whom they are, they need to support them the best way possible.”

“I have three lovely grandchildren, whom are CODA's (Children of Deaf Adults), I am elated that my daughter (Melissa) has grown to be a beautiful and productive individual, a wonderful mom, and the best person she can be.  I am so proud of her and of my grand-kids. I love her husband and his family. I love that my other children also support Deaf culture. We all sign at home.  It was not difficult for my sons to learn sign language because my daughter is the first born child.  We used sign language wherever we went. Of course, people stared and wondered what we where doing, but I didn't care.   I was happy that we could all communicate, and that my daughter was not left out.”

“I remember my mother telling me not to do those gestures because Melissa would never learn to speak that way.  I tried to explain to her that I needed to learn sign language, I needed to teach it to Melissa because I knew, I felt it in my heart, that signing was going to be part of her world, AND I wanted to be part of her world too.  It took many years for my mother to understand, but what's important is that she eventually understood.

“I am grateful for all of my experiences, for my children and grand children because that is why I am who I am today.”

“My ultimate goal is to provide the community with access to learning American Sign Language and about Deaf culture and to eventually offer workshops to Deaf/ HH and the hearing community.”

“I am grateful, for my life experiences, my children and grandchildren, my husband, and my colleagues for making this happen.  Thank you all whom have supported me.”

CODA stands for Children Of Deaf Adults.  This means my parents are Deaf.  Yes, both my parents are Deaf. They use ASL to communicate.  What is ASL?  Well, ASL stands for American Sign Language.  ASL is my first language.  I love my parents and I love signing with them.  My friends think sign language is cool and grown ups think I am cute when I sign.  I like that people are interested in sign language.  You should learn sign language too. It is fun when you can communicate without using your voice.
I have two brothers and they are also CODAs.  

I love my family.

ASL Levels 1 - 2 Adults

This class is for the serious ASL learner.  If you are committed in acquiring fluency so that you may communicate with Deaf individuals this class is for you.  ASL Levels 1-2 sessions are 3 hours long.  Each session is composed of 2 lessons.  You learn extra vocabulary, grammar and have more time to practice your skills.  We welcome you with open arms to experience the world of being Deaf.  You will learn to love and appreciate Deaf culture and its community.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up for this life changing learning experience.  We promise no regrets!

ASL Levels 1 - 2 Adults.  It is a beginner - advanced level course that teaches American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and history.  Topics include: basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture and history.  The course is structured to help the students build basic expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language and to understand the cultural values, beliefs, and behavioral norms of the Deaf community.  This is an instructor guided course with independent studies.  During class time the students are provided with lectures and group activities to learn new skills and to reinforce, review, and practice what has been learned in class.  A certificate of completion will be provided once you finalize the course.  This is the best course to acquire and improve fluency.