COM/516 Professional Communications
Instructor- Yolanda Orizondo-Harding
October 24, 2010
Pursuing a Master Degree
Furthering my education and obtaining my Master’s degree in Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum and Instruction is so very important to me. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 2009. I earned a B.A.A.S. in Human services with emphasis on Deaf Education. I am currently working in the social service field with Intellectually Developmentally Disabled Individuals (mentally retarded). I am a Service Coordinator. I ensure that the individuals that we serve are receiving the services that they need. My current position requires me to use my sign language skills from time to time. I get such a joy when I am able to communicate the needs and desires of those that are not understood by others. All of my life I have been exposed to individuals with special needs. My mother worked at a local residential facility and many times she would bring the clients home with her. We would take them to church and include them in our family functions. Growing up with them and their various disabilities, I saw many times the frustration when the art and skill of understanding of information was not achieved. Communication is the most talked about and least understood area of human behavior. Just because an individual has a loss of one or two of his/her senses, their communication can be impaired, but they can still be beautiful communicators. This is where the importance of deaf education and interpreting comes in to place. My desire is to be an advocate for these individuals. Interpreters do much more than simply translate words-we relay concepts and ideas between languages.
After earning my Master’s Degree, there will be so many opportunities for me to make a difference in the lives of others. One day I would like to teach in the Deaf Education Department and this degree will teach instruction and how to...