AKRON, Ohio —
“I wish I could do that,” Jackson, a single mother who made $25 a week, told the priest.
He took her up on that wish, teaching her and fellow employees sign language once a week during lunch hour.
“Every Monday I was the only one who knew what he had taught us the week before because I was the only one who had practiced,” Jackson recalled.
She next had the opportunity to audit a four-week master’s course at Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing in Washington — on scholarship. She was determined to come back fluent, working day and night and practicing ASL until she was able to master 700 words.
“I started interpreting the day I came home,” Jackson said.
She was on fire: “I was on a mission. I was going to teach everyone I knew how to sign.”
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