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Deaf instructor teaches the culture of sign language

April 20, 2007
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent

CROWN POINT — Steve Miller smiled as he stood before a small group of students at the South Lake County Resource Center in Crown Point, waiting patiently for a response to his question.

The classroom was quiet, but Miller had his answer. His smile broadened, and he gave his class a thumbs up. Yet no words were exchanged.

The students’ response came via the same method he posed his query — American Sign Language.

The spoken word is discouraged in ASL classes offered by Deaf Services Inc. of Merrillville.

Miller, 82, co-founded the group 29 years ago and still teaches two or three nights a week.

The Crown Point class was the first sponsored by Deaf Services in South Lake County.

“If everyone knew how to sign, the world would be a better place,” Miller said through his interpreter, Debbie Pampalone.

Pampalone is a staff interpreter for Deaf Services, and is Miller’s daughter.

Miller, who lost his hearing at age 5 due to spinal meningitis, explained that his inability to hear is not a problem.

“The problem is communication,” he signed.

Deaf Services offers sign-language classes to help bridge that communication gap.

Pampalone said ASL is considered a language in and of itself. Some local high schools, such as Munster and Highland, offer ASL in their language curriculums. contined

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