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American Sign Language
ASL is used in the United States and Canada and comprises of regional signs, generational signs, slang, expressive
style, and more. It is not “English on the Hands” as many perceive it and there is not a simple “one word = one sign”
Why – For those who are not Deaf, why should you learn ASL? Here are some great reasons:
As high as 90% of deaf children are born to hearing families, of those, only about 25% of those parents learn
ASL. It’ll help in your profession to be able to communicate with your Deaf clients and consumers.
Learning another language is good for brain health. It can improve your memory as well as delay Dementia and
Alzheimer’s.Anyone can lose their hearing at any time. About one out of every 5,000 adults experiences
annually. Meet a wonderful and varied Deaf community who are actors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, parents, and so
You’ll learn about their rich and colorful Culture.
What – American Sign Language (ASL) is a fully recognized language with it’s own linguistic properties and grammar
rules. ASL doesn’t just use the hands to communicate, but also includes facial expressions, mouth morphemes, and body
language to convey a message.
Who – ASL is used by many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, those who are non-verbal, or hearing people who have Deaf
family members, those who have a personal interest, or those who’s jobs enable them to interact with the Deaf community