Hello everyone! I am a PhD student in the University of Puerto Rico that is very interested in sign language linguistics and Deaf education. Most of my research revolves around sign language acquisition, sign language in Deaf education, and language contact in Deaf communities (usually communities in the Caribbean, but at times in the US as well).
Recently, I was accepted to present my MA thesis, The Importance of Early Sign Language Acquisition for d/Deaf Infants (I placed an image of the title page below), as a workshop in the Deaf Education Conference to be held in Indianapolis on June 22-24. This opportunity means a great deal to me for two major reasons:
- One of my goals for writing this thesis was to promote early sign language acquisition for d/Deaf children. My thesis is a collection of research that supports early sign language acquisition for the academic, linguistic, and emotional development of d/Deaf individuals, something that is not highly promoted outside of academia. Being able to present my research to an audience of Deaf educators will help me achieve this goal, as they are one major contributor to this cause.
- Because there are no classes in my department that explicitly teach Deaf education or sign language linguistics (I can only take those classes as electives from a different department), the opportunity to attend a conference that is dedicated to Deaf studies is invaluable to me. It will allow me to (a) make contacts, (b) learn a great deal of the current state of Deaf education and sign language linguistics, and (c) receive 10.5 hours of professional development which will help advance my career in academia.
The total cost of this trip thus far is of $993 and includes the following:
transportation estimates (Uber estimate from and to airport, screenshot of
flight to Indianapolis, IN costs
flight home from Indianapolis, IN costs:
- Food/miscellaneous expenses: $80 (this would include dinners Wednesday-Saturday and unexpected expenses).
- Total: 992.44.
I sincerely appreciate any help that you may provide! I have added some modest incentives for you if you donate $10, $20, or $30+. Below is the title page of my thesis (signatures and all) and an image of me presenting previous research:
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