Unformatted text preview: aids. I attempted to imitate the signs he made with his hand to his parents so that I could try to understand him, thought I’m not sure how well I did. I remember trying to become friends with him, and I’m sure we could be considered as much. I would have to say that the most influential experience I have had with a Deaf individual was when I met my friend Valera. She and I rode the school bus to and from school throughout middle school. While we only got to interact while riding the bus we became close friends very quickly. She taught me some of the signs that I know today and remains a friend of mine, even though we can only talk online now. I always felt a sense of respect and appreciation towards her for inspiring me to learn ASL and taking the time to teach me some sign while we rode the bus. She not only knew ASL, she was able to read lips, which made teaching me a bit easier for me I believe....
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- Spring '08