Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Communication Internvener for the Deaf and Blind

I have good news! I have just achieved a goal I have been working on since I was sixteen! When I was sixteen, I began studying American Sign Language and ever since then I have wanted a job in the Deaf field. This week, I was hired by the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind- Utah DeafBlind Services as a Communication Intervener. Today was my first day on the job and I met my student. The three main goals of a Communication Intervener are

(a) to provide clear and consistent access to sensory information

(b) to facilitate the development and use of communication

(c) to support social interactions

Today I was able to get a small glimpse of just how challenging and rewarding this job will be! I'm excited because I get to attend trainings and conferences all over the state of Utah. Also, an additional benefit was that I found out that I received a nice raise even before I began! Can it get any better than that!?!

Check out this music video, the song was written for deaf/blind triplets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrlHSD9nATg


Renae said...

Carissa, that sounds like such a cool job! That will be super rewarding! Congratulations!

P.S. I have a blog as well... http://kyleandrenaehill.blogspot.com/

Stacie said...

That is SO exciting about your job. I still love asl and it'd be fun to get a job doing something wiht it. Keep up the awesome work and the blogging!

anoyce said...

Oh that is awesome! I didn't know that was what your job entailed. I was thinking about you and Nicole in my Primary the other day because most of the songs have sign language with them, and I remembered how I was always in awe of how fast you too would sign to one another! Good luck with it. And congrats on the early raise!

Mallory and Brandon said...

I am so excited for you! How is everything going? I have been meaning to call you and catch up on everything. When would a good time be?