Annual Spring Retreat-ICRID
ICRID–the Indiana Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf–had their Annual Spring Retreat this past weekend. This, my Junior year, was my third time attending this wonderful retreat. While at this camp, you are not allowed to speak using your voice; you can only communicate using Sign Language…well, and all of the things that go with that. At this retreat, for every word you accidentally speak you have to pay 25 cents. I have been lucky in that I have not had to pay a single quarter any of my three times attending this retreat.
ASL, especially using only ASL, might seem intimidating, but if I can do it then you can do it! Learn it, use it, do it! If you don’t know Sign Language, you are missing out on the opportunity to speak with a large number of people in our nation!
I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn so much about the language and culture of the Deaf and you can, too! If you would like learn then take a class, ask a Deaf person to help you, and go on a retreat like the one I just went on!
There is a whole new language and culture just waiting for you to get involved. To quote Nike, “Just do it!”