We love Ariana, our deaf mentor. We feel really blessed that this program exists in Utah. Ariana is deaf and comes to our house once a week for an hour and teaches us ASL and about deaf culture. We started about a year ago, and it is a three year program. I am starting to feel more comfortable making conversation in ASL. My vocabulary is still not adequate, but I understand about 75% of what Ariana tells me, and can usually guess the rest from context. What I am terrible at is fingerspelling. I can get the letters, but then I cannot translate it into words. Seriously, I have to say the letters outloud, and then sometimes I can get it. It's a painful process, but Ariana is nice and patient.
She also is nice and brings us crafts and activities sometimes. She brought the supplies to make these cute Thanksgiving turkeys.