Several years ago my children and I studied Exact English and ASL so we could communiate with a young girl in a church that we often visited. Other than her mother, aunt, and sister, no one (including her father and other family members or church members) took the time to learn even the basics so they could communiate with her.
Her age was between that of my two children. Since our family sang together, we wanted her to be able to read the signs as we sang. The first time we sang just for her she was so overwhelmed that we (people whom she knew only by face) would take the time to learn her language just so we could talk to her.
She and my children became good friends and they stayed in contact off and on for several years. Several moves and states later though they no longer keep in touch.
Now, almost twenty years later I find myself with the desire to refresh my memory of the signs I learned.
There is a young woman that works at a nearby grocery store. When I first noticed that she was deaf, I used a simple greeting and thanked her after she rang up my purchase. I’m not often there when she is, but when I am she always wants me to use her checkout. I’m guessing that she has little conversation at work with the other employees.
I want to be able to better talk with her. I thought there might a few people that use this site which are deaf that could give me solid advise on how to best communicate with her. Any do’s or dont’s. I’d appreciate any help you have to offer.