First Lady of Brazil Signs During Inauguration
President Bolsonaro was sworn in two days ago in Brazil, but his wife Michele really stood out. She used Sign Language to communicate a message to the Deaf community within Brazil, and to show the country she cares. “I would like to specifically address the Deaf community, to disabled people, to those who feel forgotten… You will be valued and have your lives respected,” said the First Lady. “I feel this in my heart and I wish to contribute to the formation of the human being.”
The First Lady also took the time to thank interpreters in Brazil for their efforts to bridge the gap between the Deaf and Hearing worlds and her husband for his support of the cause. The National Anthem of Brazil was also interpreted along with the entire inauguration in Brazilian Sign Language.
The Daily Moth reports that a deaf woman, Priscila Gaspar, was recently given a secretariat position that works specifically with people with disabilities. Many Deaf Brazilians have high hopes for this new inclusive administration.
Deaf Spotlight: Clarisa Vollmar
Clarisa Vollmar, or “Little Pearl”, has unfortunately passed away in her sleep this week. Clarisa had a very rare condiditon called “COMMD,” which is caused by Waardenburg syndrome type 2A. This condition lead to her becoming blind and deaf.
Clarisa had a significant following on social media: The family kept up a Facebook page so the world could follow her story. We see pictures with Santa, a tactical Christmas card specially made for her, and was even featured on National Geographic! Clarisa was one of the testers for a new vest that aims to help out the deaf and deafblind called the NeoSensory Vest.
Clarisa’s family asks that we all keep them in our prayers as they go through this trying time. The also posted a fundraiser to help with funeral costs here.
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: Flat O!
The Flat-O handshape consists of an O that is flattened a bit, as demonstrated below in the sign for SHOP!
Other signs that use this handshape include: