The Sanderson Center is having a lip reading class starting next month. I signed up. This time around 20 of us signed up so it’s a go! I signed up 2 or 3 time the past couple of years but the number of people who signed up were always too low, so the classes were canceled. One time they held class at a senior center somewhere in town, but I got lost for awhile (typical for me in Salt Lake with all the numbered streets) and then a circus train, of all things, was stalled on the tracks across the road I needed. By then I was quite late and decided to forget it. I have wanted this class since coming to the Sanderson Center in 2008.
Sign language is great but I need someone to practice with. Without that, it’s almost useless. I sign a little for my 9 month old grandson, he laughs when I do but isn’t able to sign back yet. Lip reading is a little more practical, although it will never be totally accurate, and keeps me in the hearing world. Next spring or fall, I will try taking sign language again but will switch from CASE (English order signing) to ASL (American Sign Language) for a change. A deaf person teaches the beginning ASL class so there should be less talking which would be nice.