By: Ryan Wright
American Sign Language teacher trains personnel to make the world more accessible for his students
Dr. Ron Malcolm is an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher in the Special Education Department. Malcolm is originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and came to the U.S. when he was 21 to teach children whom were deaf and blind. A typical day for Malcolm is spent doing different tasks involving special education at several schools. Here’s more about Malcolm:
Q: How did you become interested in ASL? What about the language appeals to you?
A: I have always been interested in American Sign Language (ASL). I am fluent in the language as well as being fluent in Braille. It allows me to interact with my students who are deaf and blind with ease. It has also afforded me the opportunity to work with a variety of students who are non-verbal.
Teaching American Sign Language has allowed me many opportunities to assist children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. At the university level, it has also allowed me the ability to train future teachers, social workers, counselors, doctors, nurses, speech therapists, business personnel in American Sign Language. This allows the world to be more accessible for my students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Q: What are some of your favorite moments from teaching ASL?
A: Some of my favorite moments of teaching American Sign Language have come from teaching the language to university students who are deaf but have never learned how to sign. It is exciting to see a whole new world open up to them.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I am the most proud of my own three children. Joel is a junior at the university level, training to be a firefighter/EMT, Chelsea will graduate this upcoming December with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology and finally, Andrew is getting ready to graduate this May with a degree in Technology. Advanced education is very important to our family, and I`m proud of how well my own three children are doing in university.
— Edited by Emily Brown