Some years ago we decided to preserve some personal stories of Deaf people in American Sign Language. We had been inspired by the StoryCorps project and wanted to do something similar. Collecting more stories continues to be our aim. We do have some recordings sitting on the shelf awaiting some editing and will post them here when they are ready.
The stories below are in American Sign Language only with no captioning and no voice-over.
If you would like to participate in this project in some way, please be in touch with us. Perhaps you would like to gather stories or submit one of your own?
Everyone’s life story matters and on Saturday September 26, 2015, from 9am-4pm NIS will be RECORDING DEAF STORIES at UNITY DAY in San Diego. (Lincoln High School)
Now is the time to reserve a spot for yourself or a Deaf friend or family member whose story you wish to archive! Those who participate will be given a digital copy of their interview, (recorded by a professional video production company) to use and archive as you/they wish along with a commemorative hoodie.
To sign up, visit www.networkinterpretingservice.com/deafstory-sign-up. Use the form on the page to tell us which 15 minute slot you prefer and your shirt (hoodie) size. Those who sign up after September 19th will miss out on the hoodie so sign up today!
How it works:
You do NOT need to come with a particular story in mind because a friend, family member, or one of us, will ASK YOU QUESTIONS to elicit a slice of your life story. If you would like us or your family member to ask you particular questions, then you can certainly suggest some in advance.
Here are a list of great questions found on storycorps.org that anyone can borrow.
If you have any questions please email us with the hashtag #deafstory in the subject line and we will be happy to answer. You may also leave your question/comment below on this blog.
See you at Unity Day on September 26th!