CM (a female with shoulder length brown hair, wears a long sleeved black shirt) looks into the camera and signs.
Hello! I am CM Hall.
I'm the co-director for the DeafBlind Interpreting National Training and Resource Center (DBI) grant. Our goal is to train more interpreters who know and understand ProTactile American Sign Langauge (PTASL). We recognize that many DeafBlind people use PTASL, and we want to make sure interpreters are familiar with that language. This includes an understanding of how best to meet both cultural and linguistic needs. Part of our initiative is to raise awareness and understanding around the use of PTASL as a language, and the reasons people choose to use it. We need your help to get the word out. We would like to collect short videos addressing why you choose to use PTASL. There are specific items we would like you to address in your video.
First, tell us your name. Second, tell us if you are Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, hearing, or sighted. Third, where do you live? Fourth, if you have a job, tell us more about where you work and what you do. Fifth, and we would like you to really open up and share on this one, tell us why you choose to use PTASL and what benefits you gain from its use. Why have you embraced this language and how have you taken it and made it your own? Last, please add the hashtag, #WhyISignPTASL to your video. That's all there is to it! Keep in mind, we want to keep these videos brief, because our goal is to share them on YouTube and Facebook, because our goal is to share them on YouTube and Facebook, to raise awareness, increase recognition, and to promote understanding of ProTactile ASL. If you are interested in helping us, and are willing to share a video, please email that video to firstname.lastname@example.org when you have completed it.
Thank you so much in advance!
Touch you later!
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