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Deaf people attending water aerobics.

Friday, July 26, 2013

I regularly go to water aerobics. Two of my friends who are Deaf go there. I taught Deaf high school students so I know sign language. The instructors have been wonderful adapting so these 2 Deaf ladies can follow the exercises. But today we had a sub who was not at all familiar with these women or how to teach them. It became awkward. I am so glad I could help. After class he came up to the 3 of us and apologized. I knew he would go home and analyze his methods to be better prepared next time he subbed for this class. It all worked out fine.
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FROSTY99 7/27/2013 10:11PM

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GAYLLYNNE 7/27/2013 8:42AM

    How nice you could help. My son took three years of ASL in high school. He taught me lots of things and it's wonderful because we can communicate if we can't talk somewhere. Everyone should learn it!

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ANDYLIN90 7/27/2013 2:55AM

    Hooray for you and your friends!

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ELSCO55 7/26/2013 9:57PM

    Glad you were there to help

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DJ4HEALTH 7/26/2013 9:50PM

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ARTJAC 7/26/2013 9:25PM

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/26/2013 8:22PM

    When we become familiar with people and surroundings to have it change dramatically can be difficult. The sub probably had no idea that there would be unique people in his class, so he didn't know what he could do differently for them. As much as we want others to just accept our differences, sometimes we have to point them out so others can understand. I'd suggest that the next time there's a sub - even the same one - to talk to them BEFORE class so they know what is expected of them. I am unique myself, though I usually appear normal to someone who doesn't know me. When I need someone to do something to accomodate me, if I don't explain it I won't get it. You could be a huge ally for these two people by just pointing out to the instructor that they're differently-abled and need a little extra something to help.

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NANCYPAT1 7/26/2013 8:07PM

    That is really nice that you can help out and also that the sub apologized.

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/26/2013 6:02PM

    Super you were there and could help and did help.
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SUSIEPH1 7/26/2013 5:42PM

    That's just wonderful Chris. Great that you could help xx .
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THROOPER62 7/26/2013 4:56PM

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FAVALL 7/26/2013 3:59PM

    Sweet report. Thanks for sharing!

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KATTREE 7/26/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon glad you were able to help

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ROCKLAND2010 7/26/2013 3:42PM

    It's good you were there to help!
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SUPER_ACE115 7/26/2013 3:40PM

    Glad things worked out!

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KNYAGENYA 7/26/2013 1:36PM

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WOWEETOO 7/26/2013 12:58PM

    deafness is almost one of those can't see its most of the time..and we look so normal..whatever that is i have always called it more evolved telepathically lol..and go on my way..for most of my life i have been known as the ice queen..yeah deaf and unless i see those lips move it ain't gonna happen and if you are testing me just mouthing the words with no sound i can't read them becauxe i need those vibrations with those words
thanks for being there for sure
the lady mary

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SANDRALEET 7/26/2013 12:53PM

    help when we can.

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ALIHIKES 7/26/2013 12:48PM

    So glad you stepped in to help!

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MARITIMER3 7/26/2013 12:47PM

    Good for you - I doubt that the instructors get any training in working with the deaf... perhaps something that should be added.

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 7/26/2013 12:36PM

    Great you could help!

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DSBRIDE 7/26/2013 12:34PM

    They were lucky you were there to help out. I love water aerobics and wish I could go more!

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UNCANNIE 7/26/2013 12:29PM

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