I was born deaf to deaf parents. I attended a deaf school from the beginning of kindergarten through high school senior graduation. I grew up using ASL (American Sign Language) as my primary language, and English as my secondary. ASL is the visual-gestural language that best fits my communicative needs as it does for most deaf people. I grew up within the deaf culture and the deaf world. Everybody knows that I am very involved with the deaf community and am always encouraged by several people, especially my parents and my Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to attend Gallaudet University. Gallaudet is a university for the education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. It is located in northeast Washington D.C. It is the first school which was started for the advanced education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the world. It is still the world’s only university where the students are taught primarily through ASL. There are a lot of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people (ASL learners) coming to Gallaudet from other states and countries. I have wanted to go to Gallaudet University since I was young. There are a great number of reasons why I choose to go to Gallaudet University.
First of all, Gallaudet University has the biggest advantage for deaf people like myself, as it begins with a barrier-free communication environment. Everybody signs at Gallaudet University and everything is visual. Gallaudet is truly unique. (Simms) Gallaudet University’s communication environment gives me the freedom and great comfort