Understanding Classifiers in ASL & PTASL Literature
This workshop designs the participant to understand and explore the relationship of Deaf culture between ASL/PTASL Literature. The participants will explore how to use classifiers in different types art forms that included ABC/123 stories, ASL Cinematic, ASL Poetry, ASL Storytelling, and more. The workshop will have some exercises for the participants to experience classifiers in ASL and PTASL Literature. The participants will learn to use classifiers that apply to teach ASL classes and technology.
Ruthie Jordan, a Wisconsin native ASL signer, received several degrees and certificates from National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) and Master of Arts in Sign Language Education (MASLED) from Gallaudet University. With everlasting passion, she has been spreading her knowledge, passion and technology skills through numerous roles. Her roles included: ASL advocacy activist, ASL literature specialist, ASL educator, workshop facilitator, filmmaker, mentor, performer, and storyteller. Along with Ruthie’s passion, she highly values the community in where she invests her skills into. She looks forward to spread the knowledge, experience, and skills to proliferate community and education for future generation.
Esther Brenowitz, a Colorado American Sign Language Teacher who was born profoundly Deaf, and later identified as DeafBlind. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Esther received her Bachelors in Communication Studies with a minor in Educational Drama and Masters in American Sign Language Education with a certification in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: Collaborative and Leadership graduate certification program from Gallaudet University in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Esther offers ASL tutor sessions as well as theatric, early intervention, and ProTactile ASL workshops and presentations.