Careers Using Sign Language ┃ ASL Stew
August 10, 2019
(♪♪♪) Hi everybody, welcome back. So today I’m going to discuss a topic a few people have commented about. They said hmmm you know I want to be invovled with Deaf people or with sign language but I don’t know what to do. You know maybe you don’t have an interest in being an interpreter. You know what other things can you do with sign language? So I thought I’d give you a few ideas and my opinion! Umm first of all if you dont’ want to become an interpreter you could become a teacher. Umm now a teacher of the deaf means that you’re gonna have to be invovled with deaf people. It’s not good enough just to go to school and learn a little bit about deafness and know sign language. That’s not good enough! A teacher of the deaf, if you’re hearing, you really need to be invovled and do the best you can to understand. Obviously it’d be best if the teacher of the deaf could be deaf themselves, but if you’re interested in teaching and you are hearing then it’s really really important that you learn as much as you can and be involved as much as you can. Another option with sign language is a dorm counselor. A lot of times at Deaf schools maybe… a lot of students live in the dorms on campus. There might only be one Deaf school in the entire state. So that means that a lot of the students have to travel really far and so they live there during the week. So obviously that means overnight and into the morning there has to be people there to take care of the students. They used to be called I believe dorm parents, but now they’re called dorm counselors. So you could go to that. Make that your career. Another possibility is to do VR which is vocational rehabilitation. That means you could you know help Deaf people or in general many different types of disabilities, but you can specialize in um helping Deaf people find jobs, school you know whatever. That’s VR. You could be a social worker which is a similar idea. You know if you are umm know sign language, you’re fluent then you could specialize working with Deaf people. You know many people need assistance. Also you could become a linguist. So if you really are interested in sign langauge itself, but maybe you don’t want to work with a bunch of people then you could become a linguist. If you’re interested in the language, and study that. Umm also you could become a parent – infant specialist. So meaning if a parent finds out that their baby is Deaf of hard of hearing then you can go to the hospital or to their home or whatever and work with them. Helping the parents to understand the different options they have, you know how to educate the children and things like that. You know how to work with a baby. Umm really there’s many other options, you know not specifically work with Deaf. Maybe you want to be a doctor or a psychologist or I mean I wrote down a list… ummm you want to be a college professor or ummmm I don’t know. There’s many different fields… if you want to become a lawyer, you can become whatever you want it to be. You can do that plus know sign langauge. You know as a doctor you can explain things better to your patients. You dont’ need to have an interpreter there. You dont’ have to wait for one. You can just work with them, themselves, you know the patient. Umm whatever it is, you can have sign language be invovled, Deaf culture, Deaf people be invovled in your career. You know if you don’t want the traditional interpreter teacher, you know whatever. So really there’s a lot of different things that you can do that involved sign langauge and Deaf culture and Deaf people so yeah. If you have any questions, let me know. Maybe I can help you to figure out what you want to do with your life! Yeah hopefully you have enjoyed the video and yeah as always I will have other videos down here. So click, like, and share them. I’d appeciate it and I’ll see you in the next video. BYE!