Category Archives: JSL

Jamaican Sign Language, the most commonly used sign language in Jamaica, a dialect of American Sign Language, which was introduced to Jamaica through American missionaries.

ILY sign emoji on WhatsApp, please!

I use WhatsApp. A lot. It’s one of my main methods of online communication nowadays. For a long time, I’ve wished that WhatsApp had an emoji that looks like the Jamaican Sign Language (American Sign Language, too) sign for “I … Continue reading

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Black, Deaf, Jamaican-born, and Amazing

It was 2014 when I first met Claudia Gordon, Esq. She had come to Jamaica to do a talk at the University of the West Indies. I was a student of interpreting, come to witness the event, and act as … Continue reading

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Mr Multilingual goes camping

For the past 3 years, I’ve been part of a summer camp geared towards bring Deaf and hearing youth together. I enjoy Sign and Speak for Youth every year, and always look forward to it. There is always something new to experience. … Continue reading

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Sia signs!

My housemate is a Sia fan. We were watching Sia videos one night, and a video popped up. One that I didn’t know. I was wondering why this person in the video dipped her hands in some white liquid, and … Continue reading

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Fingerspelling and me

I have a love-hate relationship with the JSL manual alphabet. Sometimes, there’s more hate than love, to be honest. Recently, I found out something that has radically changed my perception of fingerspelling. My friend told me that hearing people tend … Continue reading

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Thoughts on audism

Audism. It’s a relatively new word, only coined in 1975. But it’s been the reality of the Deaf for a long time. What is is? “The notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in … Continue reading

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Cultural Appropriation on National Television, Audism on Facebook

In my humble opinion, the “blessing” of “souls” should not be done at the expense of offending an entire culture. Continue reading

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