You will get to see the presentation that will be posted sometimes on www.deafbilingual.blogspot.com. I am impressed with the active involvement of the Bay Area Deaf community seeing how much passion they have demonstrated by attending to the DBC presentation, discussing their perspectives and concerns and donating money to DBC.
Before that, I had to go through withdrawal symptoms when refraining from reading deafread.com during my previous month-long vacation that I even sneaked in to take a peek in my sidekick pager! Then with multiple activities that required undivided attention to my family, I actually reduced my time with my pager and allowed myself to let it go even with my e-mails. The price I had to pay was to catch up with a thousand email messages and topics that intrigued me in deafread.com that were a few weeks old.
I have just returned to my routine with mixed feelings of delight and sorrow.
The sorrow part is that the superintendent of the school, Dr. Harold Mowl, is going through multiple trips visiting his injured son, Kevin, who is suffering multiple fractures to his face, arms, legs and back as well as a severe head injury that was caused from an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle last month. He is now undergoing almost daily surgeries at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
We are all in debt to Kevin for his service to our country and his efforts to protect America . For more information, please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kevinmowl and please consider making a donation to help out his family during a difficult time in their lives. You can even leave your comments there and send your get well wishes.
What is so touching is that all staff and students surprised Dr. Mowl and his family to celebrate the life of Kevin by wearing duplicate T-shirts depicting Kevin's photo on a flag. We gathered for a group picture in the school's auditorium with a backdrop of a large flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol. You can read more about it in the local newspaper website.
The delighting part is that I am starting the school year with my new job position, ASL\English Bilingual Specialist that has been created for the first time in history since 1876. We also have two ASL teachers! Before that there was an ASL specialist for several years then it stopped a few years ago. Thanks to the staff and community feedback, it is now made possible for a language planning team to exist in this school. I am psyched since this is my passion and goal to see students thrive in both languages.
I have exciting topics to share with you in my vlog this year. I will be talking more about updated studies about the myths on educating deaf children, bilingual education for deaf students, deaf history, follow-ups to some of my previous vlogs since some questioned about the results about “My Deaf Mom, the Cop and the Law”, “What kind of Deaf Education program is that”, “No ASL Left Behind (NALB)”, ASL personal stories and songs and some topics that touched my heart from my observations. About the video follow-up for signing performance, I am disappointed that it did not come out well enough for you all to see our signs clearly. I only included one video clip of Mike and me performing together. The signs are still hard to see but you could see us act at least. We had so much fun with that skit. The song was about a guy spotting a gal in the street and picking her up thinking all was easy but he was up for a surprise finding out what kind of woman she really was. You can read the lyrics on Allright Now. I surely had a kick out of this and Mike had been a good sport about this! If you want to see the rest, you may go to stevelongo at YouTube.com.
Hope you all had a good summer as well and looking forward to see your blogs/vlogs if you will!