Bruce (Caucasian male with receding brown hair, a goatee, and a full mustache, wearing a short-sleeved blue polo shirt) sits in front of a green wall and signs his story into the camera.
Hello there. I’m Bruce Visser. My sign name is a B and a V on the side of my chin. I live in Seattle. I am DeafBlind. I use PTASL for many reasons, the biggest of which is my experience with ASL. Visual ASL has a long-standing history with a rich culture. It has its own rules, standards, processing, a way people think and their attitude, specific ways people receive and express information, and all of these are unique to ASL. I noticed as I used it I became more frustrated, and it became more challenging to access this visual information. With PTASL, it was amazing because the entire language is based in touch. How we sit, how we stand, how we communicate with one another tactilely, and how we set up our space. It even influences our turn taking norms. With the experiences, attitudes, the open mindedness and open heartedness of the DeafBlind community, PTASL allows us to feel more engaged and excited because we can understand information better through touch. We can teach classes on technology, or PTASL, or evenASL. We can communicate and connect with DeafBlind friends, Deaf friends in the Deaf community, our neighbors, and the hearing community. PTASL is for everyone, and can be used by anyone, anywhere, and opportunities truly abound. There are even DeafBlind families who communicate in PTASL, all of their interactions occur tactilely, and they are able to have connection and conversation with one another. It’s amazing. It all goes back to the attitude, perspective, motivation, and engagement of a person. I’m excited to see how PTASL continues to grow. #WhyISignPTASL
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