Chelsea Lee
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Chelsea Lee

Chelsea L.

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Learn American Sign Language with a native ASL user! Born and raised in a deaf family, attended deaf schools, and graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelors in Psychology. Currently in a Masters program for Sociology at New Mexico State University. Taught ASL to parents with deaf and hard of hearing newborns. Currently a Deaf Interpreter!

About Chelsea L.

Hello there! Glad to see that you're interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL)! You've come to the right place. With me, you will not only learn ASL but Deaf Culture as well!

BACKGROUND:

I was born deaf and ASL was my first language. My parents and brother are deaf as well! I have always found myself teaching hearing people (people who can hear) ASL. I graduated from Gallaudet University, the only deaf university in the world, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology.

After graduating, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts to work as a mental health outreach specialist for deaf individuals. While working there, I have become frustrated with the lack of accessibility for the deaf individuals. As an individual who was raised bilingual (ASL and English), I am privileged to be able to rely on written English when there are no ASL interpreters. Most deaf individuals are only dominant in ASL and have no English fundamentals. With this being said, when accessibility becomes an issue, deaf people are often left in the dark. This has given me the drive and motivation to become a deaf interpreter. A deaf interpreter is a cultural mediator between the ASL interpreter and the deaf individual.

Besides working as a mental health worker, I teach ASL for families with deaf and hard of hearing newborns. Once or twice a week, I would go to families' home to teach them ASL and model how to sign with their deaf and hard of hearing children! I also do contract work as an English to ASL translator.

Currently, I work as a deaf interpreter and am nearing the completion of my Masters of Sociology from New Mexico State University. In the summer, I will be moving to Denver, Colorado!


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Please do contact me if you have any questions! Looking forward working with you!

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Education

Masters of Sociology
Sep 2018 - Present

New Mexico State University

Bachelors of Psychology
Sep 2012 - May 2016

Gallaudet University

Languages

American Sign Language

Fluent / Native Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Jan 2020
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), a national membership organization, plays a leading role in advocating for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. In collaboration with the Deaf community, RID supports our members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and transliterators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct.
National Assocation for the Deaf
Jun 2015
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America.

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