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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Our latest challenge which was introduced by the one Sarah Lawrence Finlayson, was to finger spell this town’s name – for some as quickly as possible and for others, just to take part. No easy feat but it was certainly fun trying! Several bloopers later we got there in the end. Phew!

Featuring Sambuca, SJ and Paul;

Featuring Saira – who is extremely fast!

Your turn to seize the day and please, do feel free to let us know how you fared with this challenge.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

The #hotfingers Challenge.

In usual true Tree House spirit we sometimes tend to spin off lines from songs to get that loving feeling going. A song from a classic film was started off by yours truly and a fellow dweller gave me the idea of challenging people to fingerspell one  extremely long word from a particular song. Can you guess which word it was??

Here is a chart to help you or a video by another beloved Tree House dweller.

fingerspelling-right

Hence the birth of the #hotfingers challenge which encouraged several dwellers to learn finger spelling to complete their challenge and for some, even how to film themselves so they could form a part of this challenge. This completely humbled me just seeing the passion unfolding. Some of us had to do several takes because one swore and another screamed in frustration!

Last but not least who has kindly narrated throughout.

How would you finger spell this word, in your sign language? Please show us as we would love to learn from the various finger spelling manuals.

Carpe diem 🙂

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

(Photo credit to british-sign.co.uk)

By Any Means Necessary

A recent article at the Rim actually made me think and see things a bit clearer after recent posts over at the Tree House was questioned regarding our preferred methods of communication…. I did not know whether to laugh or feel insulted as I had not seen any evidence within the Tree House to justify said question. Dwellers were extremely quick to reinforce the ethos of the Tree House and supported the fact that it was a place where everyone could be themselves and accepted regardless of their communication needs and/or abilities. After a few moments of head banging on the wall, peace was once again thankfully restored.

At this moment in time, the rifts between certain communities could not be wider. Attitudes in today’s society seem to be going backwards that even I am disturbed to find this trait exists within our own government.

In our case, I shall use the example of the “deaf world” and “hearing world”. A lot of it comes down to other people segregating the two worlds, categorising and judging. I have not felt accepted in either “world” because of how they have perceived me to be “different” and dictated how one should be,  i.e.: I was damned if I did sign/speak or damned if I did not sign/speak. Coming from a family who happened to be deaf and having signed all my life you would assume I would not present myself the way I do – why should I appear in a certain way? I am who I am and here in my world, there is only one that everyone shares. No one is categorised unless they categorise themselves and impose the two worlds onto us.

Why does there even have to be any restrictions in the first place when it comes to communication? All forms of communication should be embraced and not rejected. Surely it is an advantage if one can express themselves by different means necessary? Over time as communication evolves and improves, it will become even more enriching for us as there is nothing wrong whatsoever in being multi-lingual.

 “If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest.” – Daniel Webster.

SOS

SOS

~ SJ (Sara Jae)