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From:  "Karlin, Ben"
Date:  Fri May 15, 1998  12:53 am
Subject:  Introduction

Even though we have been running into each other all over the internet
for years, I was thrilled to see who is on this list. Would love a few
words of introduction from each of you, so I'll offer mine.

I was born and raised in Chicago, began learning to sign there from Deaf
folks (most graduated from Bell School in Chicago but plenty were from
schools in the south and moved to Chicago during the 40s). My brother
is deaf, having slowly lost his hearing after being hard of hearing all
his life, but he does not sign at all. He is mentally retarded and
lives in a group home in the Chicago suburbs. The local Deaf Club
invites him to social and athletic events and he sometimes goes. I am
so grateful that the community reaches out to include him. I worked as
an interpreter at Triton Community College and the University of
Illinois-Chicago for the last I-don't-know-how-many years.

I am married and have two teenagers, all of us sign (ASL only, we
learned from hanging out with Deaf). We went to a Deaf church in
Chicago -- the Sign Language congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. About
a year ago we moved to St Louis to join the little Deaf group here
mainstreamed with a hearing congregation. I took a job with the Dept of
Mental Health as an interpreter and my wife works as a labor/delivery

Because I sometimes need to give lectures in sign, I started looking for
a way to write notes for myself. That led me to looking at SignWriting
and now, in my work, I am trying to figure out ways to help mentally ill
Deaf signers learn and use SW to improve their lives. It should enable
them to write notes for their own use without struggling to write and
read English. Some of them need help with enlarging their sign
vocabularies and I think SW can help them do this, also.

That's who I am... How about you?

Longing to know who each of you are,

Ben Karlin
Staff Interpreter for the Deaf, St Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation
H007B, 5300 W Arsenal St, St Louis, MO 63139-1494
314 644-8270 V/TTY 314 644-8115 FAX

  Replies Author Date
89 Thank You Paul :-) Valerie Sutton Fri  5/15/1998
117 Texas & New Mexico Schools For The Deaf Valerie Sutton Wed  5/20/1998
253 Introduction Joan Naturale AUS Tue  7/14/1998
256 Menus In Signs Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
257 Menus in Signs Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
259 Messages Posted Out of Order Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
260 Beta Testing Valerie Sutton Wed  7/15/1998
264 Re: Introduction Valerie Sutton Thu  7/16/1998
265 Re: Introduction Joan Naturale AUS Fri  7/17/1998

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