Harlem Globetrotters Visit Deaf School
The Harlem Globetrotters, a famous basketball team known for their impressive skills and charity, visited the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf in New York last week. One of the basketball players identifies as a CODA, a child of a deaf adult, and was able to sign with the students! Chris “Animal” Hyche told the Daily Moth that “when he grew up, his friends were flabbergasted when they saw him using sign language to talk with his mother, that they thought it was the most amazing thing but to him it was just an everyday thing.”
The Harlem Globetrotters demonstrated a few classics, such as a dunk, and even talked about bullying with the students. The used the acronym TEAM: Talk, Empathy, Ask a Question, and Mobilize.
Deaf History Spotlight: Juliette Gordon Low!
Did you know that the founder of the Girl Scouts was deaf? Julliette Gordon Low became deaf in early adulthood, but that never stopped her from forming one of the most iconic groups in American! She was raised in Georgia with Southern values, and became inspired by the Boy Scouts. She eventually moved to England to learn more about a troop called the “Girl Guides”.
The Girl Guides were a group dedicated to teaching young girls first aid, cooking, and other skills like tying knots. She founded several Girl Guides groups while living in England, and eventually moved back to the states (bringing a love of the Guides with her!). She founded the very first American Girl Guides group in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia- this was the foundation of the modern Girl Scouts (and their famous cookies, of course!).
Low taught the Girl Scouts about knot tying, foraging, and first aid among other important skills. Despite some support from outside the organization, the Girl Scouts were mostly funded by herself in the beginning. Today her birthday, October 31st, is celebrated as Founder’s Day by scouts across the country.
Studying with ASLdeafined
Whether you’re a newbie to our site or a seasoned senior, you’ll definitely be able to take advantage of some of our best study tips this week! Learning American Sign Language can be easy and fun if you focus and learn one sign at a time. Here’s how to get the most out of our 300+ lesson strong curriculum:
Remember that with learning any language, practice makes perfect! Taking the time to study each lesson will help you remember more down the line.
Handshape of the Week: Baby O!
If you make an ‘O’ shape with your hand and then try to flatten it, you have the Baby O-Handshape! Below it is demonstrated in the sign for FOOD.
Other signs that use this handshape include: