Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Rare Opportunity

Hi folks! Some of you know I became involved in an organization called Global Deaf Muslim. One of their current missions is to raise enough money to fund the research to create an ASL version of the Quran (the Muslim holy book). If you live or would like to go to Chicago for the fundraiser, please go here You will have the chance at helping a full segment of the Deaf population know their religion. Also, I will be presenting :) Please consider going to help us have enough money to fund the project. Thanks!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What's up?!

Text of the video:

Hello all!

I know it's been a long time sing I've vlogged, so what's up with me?

It's been about a year since I've been around.

I've started college, and have been really busy studying and learning more, so now my brain knows more!

I'm studying to become a computer technician, so say if your computer breaks, I can fix it.

Also, some of you might remember "Muslim Hands".

Well, it's not really good.

It was good to inform people about Muslims, yes, but the name "Muslim hands" was already taken by an organization in Britain.

So soon I'm going to brainstorm some new ideas and names for the project.

My health has been great.

I haven't had a seizure in about a month.

So yeah, I just wanted to let you all know what was going on in my life since I haven't been around for a year!

So that's what's up.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

wants to know of a funny or cute computer virus. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

James finally got his MSI Wind. Review posting later.
says good morning. Having coffee and then off to school.

Monday, November 10, 2008

going to bed now, good night <3
learning the in's and out's of ping.fm again. Testing 1 2 3...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

All about Interpreters

So this post will be about interpreters. I've had some interesting encounters recently that I would like to share.

As some of you know, I recently was fitting fo rmy first hearing aid. I brought along my trusted friend and interpreter that goes to all of my appointments with medical. So we got there and got up to the receptionist.

This poor woman *laughs*. She must have been around 80. I signed and my interpreter spoke "Hello , my name is Dena, I'm here for my appointment". The woman was looking at me and in sign asked "Please again". I signed "you need to listen to the interpreter!" She spoke "I didn't catch all of what you were signing". I could have died, but it gets worse. I started explaining that's why I have an interpreter, so you can speak normally to me. She said well I didn't need an interpreter, she knew how to sign. *ouch!* The last straw was she had me fill out some paperwork, and she signed "please sign (as in ASL sign! lol) your name here". You had to have been there, it was quite a chuckle.

Educational interpreting is something I am just getting used to. This is the first year I am with interpreters for my classes. But is it just me or are they unaware that when I ask for no moithing of the words and less English word order and signs, it just confuses me more? I'm not sure one of my interpreters understands that. I've asked her politely during a break in class, but she still mouthes words like a fish. Yes, I understand English, but that doesn't mean I want my interpretation in English format. How do I politely tell her again to quit it?

That's it for now on that subject, but I'm sure I'll have plenty more to say in the comments. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

Tully's being bought

*Not Deaf news, sorry!*

I just open up the website for the Seattle PI, and they say that Tully's (a major coffee chain in Seattle, next to Starbucks and Seattle's Best) is being bought out. Here is the link

How do I feel? A little piece of me just died :( Well, the coffee addicted anyway. Growing up in the eye of the storm, seeing Starbucks florish, as well as many mom and pop coffee shops getting their stand. Living now in Illinois, we don't have Tully's. I miss their bitter bitter! coffee. So, it's going East Coast. I hope you guys like strong coffee *laughs* I guess it's okay though since we still have Starbucks to hold on to. Happy drinking!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm Loud?!

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I have been busy with school and work life, but here is a sort of update and story.

I tend to be very self concious when it comes to my voice. I can speak so people assume I can speechread everything. Not so. Additionally, if I talk in class, they assume I can hear them. I have an interpreter for 2 out of 3 of my classes, so I'm in good hands. I sign and am free.

Friday and today, I've come into "disability awareness". People are looking at me strange when I talk, or even laugh. Is my laugh really THAT BAD?! Well, a friend of mine those two days told me I was too loud. Hmmm. So am I loud to hearing people or just loud in general? I'm not quite sure; I'm going to ask him later.

I've never really noticed the volume of my voice because I'm always trying hard to make it sound comprehensible. The interpreter cannot be with me 24/7, so I have to make due. It's good to have a pal though who's telling me I'm too loud. COming from another community college where Deaf, ASL students, and ITP students were normal, and just about any noise was no cause for alarm out of us.

I admire my friend. He said he's trying to keep people from staring. He seems to be strong in his mind, much mmore than I am. The pair of us though, we must be funny. He's in a wheelchair and I'm trying to talk to him. It makes me giggle how we must look :)

So, I'm loud? Turn your ears off!