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Careers Using Sign Language ┃ ASL Stew

(♪♪♪) 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!

58 Replies to “Careers Using Sign Language ┃ ASL Stew”

  • I was thinking about becoming a speech therapist or an audiologist, Specializing with the deaf community

  • in Nebraska there is a program for helping deaf parents with hearing children i don't know what the job is called but its to help the child learn to speak and also give the child a sort of counseling for being hearing in the deaf community  not that the deaf community is bad its just different in perspective

  • Hi Jill! Could you make a video talking a bit more about what it's like to be an ASL interpreter? How difficult it is, how you find your assignments, how to get started, what your day is like? Thank you if you do!!

  • I have a question when you are signing the word for IMPACT (the one were your knuckles touch you index finger). I know it can mean like something impacted my life but does it mean like main topic? or does it mean focus on. I quit my school's ITP program but i did see it a lot and still do so if you can tell me that would be great. and put like an example i would love that.

  • Hi! I am actually currently an education major but I've started working more and more with the deaf community and have become very interested in learning sign language. So I have been looking through the internet (self teaching myself because my college doesn't offer sign Language) and finding good videos for a hearing person to understand and learn sign are very hard to find. I just wanted to say that I really like your videos and you have helped me so much learning vocabulary and grammar! Keep up the great work! Its been so beneficial to me and I'm sure a lot of other people. 🙂

  • How about Nursing! I'm a Pediatric Home Care nurse. Specifically, I provide Medically Intensive Care in a home setting. I won't get into exactly what that entails because it's a a whole nuther topic. 😉 I have yet to work with a deaf child in my job, but I do work with many nonverbal kids. Typically they are nonverbal due to having tracheotomies. Several of our kids have used signing as their primary communication, so it is very helpful for their nurses to know it as well.
    That's actually how I found your channel. I've picked up some signs here and there over the years. I have wanted to, but never have, taken actual courses. The little guy I'm currently working with is picking up signing rapidly, and I'm finding that I need to improve my own sign vocabulary to keep up. Your more basic videos have been perfect! Thanks so much!

  • OMG YES!! I am taking ASL 1 in college (first year) and I want to then transfer and all that then go to med school because I want to be a doctor and be able to fluently sing in ASL to interact with deaf or hard of hearing people 😀

  • So I'm working towards being a therapist. I was majoring in Psychology but when I found my passion for ASL, and actually began to identify myself as HOH (I have SSD- single sided deafness), I knew I had to incorporate it somehow. So now I'm majoring in Deaf Studies and minoring in Psychology. I'm very excited to see what happens.

  • I love your videos! Im trying to learn sign language because there is a large deaf family that shops at the grocery store I work at. I love that I can watch your videos and hear the words as they are signed. you do a great job and are so very helpful 😊 keep up the good work.

  • I never would have thought of a parent-infant specialist, but that sounds so awesome! I'm currently taking an ASL class and I am falling head over heels with the language. I absolutely love it and am considering being an interpreter myself. I do like that idea of being a parent-infant specialist though! Do you happen to know where I can find more information on that field of work?

  • I'm going to take ASL courses next year so I can become a sign language interpreter. I know that it's hard to find jobs ever since the economy crashed in the USA. Is it possible to find jobs in foreign countries? I would love to go to places like Africa to help the deaf community there.

  • can you make a video about your opinions on parents being told that their kids are deaf/hard of hearing and that they can't use both spoken english and asl at home, like pick one or the other? and also about the issue of 90% of deaf kids being born to hearing parents but only 20% of those parents making any effort to learn asl

  • So what is it like being an interpreter? Do you just wait for a call and then you show up somewhere to interpret for someone? And what are some of the activities that you would interpret for?

  • I enjoy every video that you and Jenna make! I love the way you sign, very natural. I can't believe your page doesn't have as much traffic as other channels. Where else can I follow you besides here on YouTube?

  • I'm really interested in becoming a social worker for lbgtq youth and I also want to learn sign so I can't help that part of the community too!!

  • Whats the person called that adjusts the cochlear implants and I'd like "tell me if you can hear this"? like fitting people for cochlears? I think I nk that would be an amazing job and you would need to learn sign language

  • How much schooling does a parent infant specialist go through and how much does it pay? This was an awesome video thanks !

  • Hello I am really interested in becoming a asl Interpreter. but I really love children and how really like to work with kids. How do you become a parent infant specialist?

  • I want to teach dead kids and I am learning sign right now. I actually just had my last beginners class today. And I am in love with sign. It's amazing

  • Hi.I am not fluent in English language but I am very interested to learn ASL at the community college. How much hard do you think it is going to be?

  • I self taught myself sign by signing songs first and I'm doing co-op and at first I wanted to be a interpreter but as I'm getting involved with the deaf community I want to be a deaf teacher

  • I just finished my minor in Deaf Studies, and it has been the best thing I have done at the college I go to. I have meet so many great people at Deaf Socials and several friends. I sign with them in a Deaf choir at Christmas time and it is the highlight of my year. I am glad you posted this video because I want to continue learning ASL and growing in learning and communicating with my friends. My interests lay more into forensics than interpreting, but most of the colleges I have looked at that has a degree in Sign Language is for interpreters.

  • thank you ! this was helpful. I have chronic pain in my joints from a genetic condition so I'm having to be creative and think of other careers besides interpreting which I have been planning on pursuing for a while. I want to be a linguist but there is a lot to consider. thanks for opening up this discussion.

  • I really am leaning towards working with Down syndrome kids! Just hard to know where to get started. Great videos! New subscriber 🙂

  • Nice video! You used to do VRS, right? I know you've done a lot of interpreting video, but could you please do one about VRS interpreting. I am thinking about majoring in ASL/English interpretation and thinking about VRS as a possible career path. Could you mention like pros/cons, things you enjoyed/didn't enjoy. It would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

  • Hi, is there another name for parent-infant specialist, because i cant find it for majors or college. Is it in a different category perhaps?

  • Im taking ASL 1&2 this year in High school. Im planning on furthering my education in college taking Deaf/ASL classes and becoming a RN.

  • I've been thinking. I want toBe an asl interpreter and a parent infant specialist, so I would have to double major?

  • At the hospitals here we are not allowed to communicate with anyone in a language that is not our first language, even if we are fluent. I don't mean normal conversations but if a doctor is explaining a procedure he HAS to have an interpreter there and it can't be a patients family member. It has to be a hospital provided individual. Just something for people to keep in mind. Rules of regions will dictate a lot of what you do.

  • Hey love your channel! 🙂 Can you do a video on ways to get assignments after graduating a itp, and settings that are more suitable for novice interpreters to build up skills to take tne EIPA or NIC?:)

  • My name is so close to yours Jenna, Mine is Janna. I really want to learn asl ive been trying to learn it for 2 years now. It wil make my day if i can become a lawyer who knows sign language, i will then be able to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing with their legal issues.

  • I learned ASL to communicate with my deaf friend and your videos have helped me be able to talk with her! Thank you!

  • I would to be a sign language interpreter, I'm a beginner and just want to know where to start, I have doing some looking on youtube to do free learning, but I do know I would have to take classes and be around people that's deaf and so they can help me!

  • i've been doing asl for a year now. my organization distributes dvds to the deaf in their own language. it has definitely been a privilege to learn another beautiful language but to also work alongside deaf people. it really opens your eyes.

  • Great video channel, though I was wondering if you could do a video on your first year as an interpreter and what you learned. Other then that your Youtube channel is very informative. Thank you.

  • My sign language teacher (who is deaf himself) used to work for the police. He handled cases where deaf people where involved and educated other police force on how to deal with deaf people properly.

  • Give update types of jobs that I could possibly work with the deaf community. Possibly somebody you know that has a great career path. It may be bizarre but it works for that person.

  • Well I want to learn ASL so I can be some kind of interpreter. But I want a thrilling job. Do you have any recommendations for that? For something that is thrilling, out of the ordinary, and different?

  • What are the steps an education major could take in order to work as a teacher for a school that handles children who are deaf? I was told I could take two courses at another college, not my own. Would I need to do more?

  • Can someone who is shy become an ASL interpreter? I'm a little shy, although I can talk for hours sometimes lol. It's just I don't like to be the center of attention. I'm more of an introvert. I would be fine interpreting I think in certain settings but probably not big events lol. Also for someone who is a little more shy how would I get to know more people in the deaf community.

  • The Deaf community has been pretty adamant about native signers taking teaching
    positions and other relevant positions.

    You’re an interpreter and your wife is Deaf, why the hell would you suggest and influence other hearing people to pursue the few careers that Deaf people can have? It’s hard enough to get jobs.

    And with VR – using the phrase “people need help” is insensitive.

  • Thank you for this upbeat, professional, informative description of career options in sign language.

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