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First Annual BlueJays Deaf Expo

  • May 06, 2018
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The Deaf Expo took place this past weekend at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens, NY. I went, a little nervous. My signing skills were pretty weak but I knew how to sign that I was an ASL student and to please sign slow.

The people I communicated with were patient and encouraging about my signing. And when I finally left two hours later (!) I realized I was signing a lot better than when I had walked in.

And I had fun. Here’s my tee shirt being made. I chose the one featured in the picture above: ASL Rocks! And it really does.

Unfortunately, a number of vendors were camera-shy so I wasn’t able to take pictures of their amazing wares. But I can show the ankle bracelet I had made with the word of my choice (peace):

I’ve bought my alarm clock from HEAR-MORE before (and considering how many times I aim for the snooze button and send it flying instead, will be buying in the future):

And something I never thought of, a summer camp for hearing children who have deaf parents. Camp Mark Seven sounds awesome:

Along with vendors, there were agencies that offered services. Here are two:

Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

THAT! Interpreting Services of Deaf & Deaf-Blind, Inc.

It was a good day. I was flattered when someone didn’t realize I was a newbie and would sign a joke or make a comment at speeds I could barely catch. But someday, one day, I’ll understand it. It’s too interesting not to. 🙂


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