"With children who are born deaf, early intervention to maximize language development is critical. In my experience, Signing Exact English (SEE) was what teachers and my parents used to communicate with me almost from the beginning.It helped supplement my reading exposure and benefited my academic abilities. Yes, there are other excellent options available to parents and their newborn deaf babies such as ASL to successfully facilitate communication and language, but I can only speak from my own experience growing up. There is no "right" or "wrong" here. SEE is what happened to work for me and I'm grateful that it did."
Dr. Max Ryser
"I passed! I'm so excited to reach this milestone!"
I am so thankful to you all at the SEE Center for your feedback and workshops you offer. Both the feedback and workshops have proven very useful. I reviewed my feedback carefully and worked to incorporate it in my interpreting. Looks like worked! I also appreciate the positive, low stress, and open minded environment you foster with feedback and workshops. It helps ease the testing process. Thanks so much!
"I am writing to share my endless appreciation and gratefulness. My son Riley will be 18, in a few months and he just finished his junior year at Harrison Prep, an International Baccalaureate Prep high school in Lakewood Washington, and received the Principal's award for having over a 3.5 gpa the whole year. He has attended the school for 5 years - one more left. He went to NWS in Shoreline, WA, for 10 years starting on his 3rd birthday and SEE and NWS deserve so much credit for providing the foundation that he is launching from. Riley wanted to stop having an interpreter this year (always having been the only deaf student in the school) and switched to live - remote - real time captioning in all of his classes. He became much more social and interactive, made many friends, started going to sleep overs and gave all of his oral presentations to the whole class- even in Spanish for his IB oral examinations. He wouldn't have been confident enough or capable enough had he not at SEE for those 17 years- that is what is supporting his academic success now with CART. Any way, all this bragging comes from the grateful heart because SEE and NWS combined, have provided Riley with access, confidence and ambition. He is who he is because of your hard work and dedication. He gives his friends rides after school and volunteers with younger skaters and lives in a world as welcoming and as accessible as I grew up in. He travels across the country changing planes alone and steps up to assist elderly people at stores, airports and restaurants and he is happy. Thank you- from every bit of my heart. You are part of his village."