Thread: Deaf Aikideshi?
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Old 09-04-2000, 04:19 PM   #1
Dojo: Two Cranes Aikido
Location: Seattle
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 9
Do any of you know or know of any Deaf Aikidoists, or sign-language interpreters who work in Aikido? I'm interested in linking this community via this forum. My nephew, who is Deaf, practices Aikido through his school, with the school providing an interpreter. This means he gets no practice durning the summer, and no access to seminars, etc. The Deaf are a fairly large community that are excluded from Aikido because of the need for expensive interpreters (up to $50/hr.) for the traditionally verbose classes. Could Aikido be taught completely visually? Could seminars be ASL-interpreted? I'd appreciate your input.
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