Oct. 11, 2012
A world without sound. The sound of the rain pouring onto a tin overhang, gone. The sound of a sultry singer’s smooth falsettos, gone. The sound of a loved one’s familiar voice never known.
This is the everyday life of someone who is deaf. While this seems sad to those who can hear, the silent world is all people of the deaf community know.
Many people only know that people are deaf, and they speak sign language. Most do not know much about the deaf community.
Pat Masterson is there to teach people about the many different aspects of the deaf community.
Masterson, 59, is a sign language professor at City College. Every semester she comes to campus hoping to excite students about sign language
“I want to get them so excited that they want to stay in class,” Masterson says. Students can become frustrated when they feel like their workload is too much in one class. Sign language can be one of those classes.
“Once they realize how much work it is, if I don’t have them excited, then they will drop,” Masterson says.
Masterson knows all about the work it takes to get through sign language courses. She…» Read More