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{SPEAKER name="Jo Radner"}
Not gonna use her voice yet. At the beginning of the class she's gonna be quiet and that's so that you will get used to using your eyes because your eyes are very, very important if you're going to get used to using sign language.

After her introduction she's going to use her voice and explain a little bit about American Sign Language and what it's like and then after that you're going to get involved and she's going to teach you a few warm up exercises and non verbal communication

and after that she'll teach you some basic signs. So that by-

Um, so that by the time you leave here you'll have enough sign language so that you can communicate a little bit, you can begin to communicate with some of our participants here. With deaf people you might meet on the job or in the bus or wherever you might be.

Afterwards we'll hand out some information about sign language classes in the area. And some calendars that were donated to us by the National Association of the Deaf. That have on every page a lot of history of the deaf in America and I think you'll enjoy that.

Okay, I'm going to leave it to Elaine now. Watch her carefully, okay?

{SPEAKER name="Jo Radner"}
—workshop in the festival of American Folk Life, you're in the deaf community area if you hadn't guessed from the flying fingers and our topic this afternoon in our last workshop of the day is going to be, "being deaf in a hearing world."

Our participants are going to share some stories with you, and some of their experiences and we would love to have members of the audience also share experiences and stories if they're deaf or ask questions if they're hearing. So wide open panel for everybody to enjoy.

I'm going to begin asking each of our participants to introduce himself. Tell you a little bit about where he's from, what his job is when he's not at the Folklife Festival. And we have a very special guest today whose agreed to join us also.
She'll introduce herself too. Lets begin with Jack Gannon

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