The following story is taken largely from an email that I sent to friends and loved ones when first dealing with my hearing loss. Here goes:
I knew nothing about American Sign Language (ASL) when my hearing problems first started. My indifference did not stop a dear friend from taking the initiative to begin learning ASL on her own. This friend also happens to be a third grade teacher at a great school district in Bucks County. So she began her proactive quest to learn a little sign language, including sharing her new found skills with her 8-year-old students. The children also seemed to take to it with some enthusiasm. The teacher explained to her students that she had a friend (me) who recently suffered sudden hearing loss and that’s why she wanted to learn sign.