triflesandparsnips:

fyeahdeafawakening:

Josh Castille (Ernst in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway) performing “Satisfied” from Hamilton in ASL!

This is seriously mind-blowing, watch until the end. He’s amazing. (Starts at 0:34 and gets really good at 1:35).

What’s amazing to me (aside from the repeating visual refrain/references to the word “satisfied”), is that he chose to perform the rapped ASL as pop-and-lock, which is, goddamnit, SATISFYING.

ghouliachildd:

lillyrosaura:

There’s a website where you can learn ASL on your own and it is free and the woman on there, her name is Rochelle Barlow, she runs the site and she actually is a homeschool teacher and teaches ASL. I am passing this on to you guys cause most people on here is open-minded. Well, whoever of y’all reads this will possibly ignore this but if you are a curious george like me and wants to learn ASL she’s your gal. 

Rochelle has a free program called Learn ASL in 31 days, currently I am on day 10ish or 12, (idk I’m on learning my numbers currently) but I believe this site will help people that are either curious about ASL and just wants to learn, or actually is Deaf but can’t afford to going to actual class or something, or just hard of hearing. 

I am truly in love with learning with Rochelle, she isn’t those interpreters that will talk while she signs, (and I’ve searched through Youtube how to sign but the person talking will distract me and I would get confused) and it is all in video which is a good thing. I found her through Youtube, that’s where she has all her videos. Just check out her site. You’ll like it. 

Another good resource is Bill Vicars of lifeprint.com

he has a youtube channel where he has tons of ASL lessons. He’s HoH and there is no speaking in any of his videos!

lifeprint.com is one of my go-to’s for vocabulary because he has videos of him signing almost every word in lifeprint’s dictionary

ASLpro.com has a good dictionary as well!

ekjohnston:

the-oxford-english-fangeek:

timetoputmythoughtsdown:

Alexander Hamilton

The opening song from the musical Hamilton performed in American Sign Language by that one girl who did the Guns and Ships one that you really liked!

@linmanuel

Link to the performer Hannah’s original youtube video so you can drop a like/comment over there as well 🙂

I think of all the versions of this play I hope to see some day, I want to see this one the most.

13mtm80:

The cast of Deaf West’s ‘Spring Awakening’ perform “Touch Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

  • I do not own. All Rights go to NBC Broadcasting and Spring Awakening
  • Episode date: November 23rd, 2015
  • NBC claimed this the moment I put it on my YouTube. The description was written exactly as it is above. Was going to link a full video uploaded by NBC, when they put one up, but I had to delete it. 
  • Once again, Full Copyrights to NBC Broadcasting and Spring Awakening.

Because she was lonely.

carriefaefuller:

idreamofsubtext:

So, today, a woman came into our shop. It was a woman I’ve only heard my parents refer to as ‘the Deaf Lady’. My mum had told her about me, explained that I was doing Sign Language, and come to find me on a day she knew I was working.

But today, she didn’t need her lawnmower repaired. In fact, she hadn’t touched it since it had been, and as far as she knew everything was fine.

She’d come in to sign to me.

She waved hello, and instantly explained that my mum had told her I would be in today. I asked her how she was, and the smile that she had on her face was the biggest I’ve ever seen.

And we spent about an hour in my family’s little shop, talking about everything. She told me about her life, about how she’d lived in the same house for 60 years.

She’d been born deaf, and been a Brownie, but never a Guide, because of the War… she’s now 86.

She had some amazing stories to tell, and twice she cried. One of those times was remembering her youth, and the other was when she was explaining to me that her husband had died around 20 years ago, and how he’d been the last person she’d known that could communicate with her.

She’s been alone for 20 years, living in a silent world, unable to communicate with anyone for the most part. The most interaction she has is when she writes things down for people, but she’s struggled to make any recent friends, and her family is long gone.

Now someone explain to me what’s wrong with every school teaching a certain amount of Sign Language, and for colleges to offer it more freely and frequently. People should be encouraged to learn BSL, because otherwise we’re cutting ourselves off from talking to around 8 million people or so (in the UK alone).

That’s millions of people who are no less important than you are, who have their own stories to tell, and the same need for communication as anyone else on this tiny little planet.

J. cried today because it was the first time for a long time that anyone has asked her for her name, or listened to her stories.

She’s also coming back into work tomorrow, to sign with me, and help me practice. But also – because we’re only human – for the company.

Wow. Heart-warming and -breaking at the very same time!