In addition to the above, MaryFaith’s diverse professional life experience has developed a willingness to struggle, to work at finding a way to communicate. Robust and confident communication skills result from working with deaf people in six countries on three continents, and with deaf people relocated to the UK from other additional countries. In addition, when travelling for pleasure she has, whenever possible, organized encounters with local deaf people visiting deaf schools and social gatherings.
MaryFaith is poised and assertive when meeting new deaf people and approaching novel communicative events. She has developed supplementary skills through her encounters with deaf people who have minimal formal language skills, with those whose expressive language is disturbed by mental health issues and psychosis, and with people who have communication needs other than straightforward sign language because their deafness has occurred through aging or trauma or because they have disabilities in addition to being deaf.