April 15th is National ASL Day! To celebrate the first school for the Deaf in the United States opening on April 15, 1817.
Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent Deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language. This process brought forth modern American Sign Language.
There's a huge growing exposure to ASL in the media lately with a variety of movies, TV and elsewhere:
I think this is awesome that the world is seeing more ASL, more of our Deaf World, and seeing our Deaf Gain.
Buuuut...... the attitudes towards Deaf people stay the same....
Please read these two articles, one is an older blog post of mine and another by Pamela J. Kincheloe.
So, you see my conflict here? Love the ASL and Deaf Community exposure, but hate the stigma branded on me.
So, let me show you another article about Deaf people
Learn ASL and Deaf Culture!
I hope you share this with everyone! Please comment below your thoughts and let's have a friendly discussion.