American Sign Language & More...
American Sign Language (ASL) is a different form of language from languages that many people use everyday. ASL is a language where people use their hands, rely on facial expressions and body languages. ASL users are primarily deaf or hard of hearing. ASL does not discriminate because it includes children of deaf adults, interpreters, teachers of the deaf and pretty much anyone who loves to learn and use language.
ASL is not the sole sign language established in this world - many countries across the world has their own verisons of sign language. American Sign Language is actually an evolved version of a collaborated and mixture of native Indian Sign Language, native Martha Vineyard Sign Language, and French Sign Language (LSF) brought by Laurent Clerc when he was asked to teach at American School for the Deaf established by Thomas Gallaudet in 1817.
Despite the language being solely used by deaf and hard of hearing people, more doctors and parents recognize that knowing sign language at a very young age enables visual concepts and makes way for development of the English language. Most of the infants and toddlers will forget sign language as its use is not continued; however, some children will show aptitude and continue to use sign language especially if they are related to or have befriended deaf people.
ASL is one of the most popular language in the nation to be taught and learnt. With technological advancements in hearing improvement and mechanical hand signs recognition, ASL continues to be a personal and close language of many deaf and hard of hearing people with their close relatives and friends.
ASL is not just merely a manual language; however, it includes and incorporates facial expressions and body language that closely resembles the way spoken language users show. Facial expressions and body language is to ASL users are what tonal inflictation and minute gestures are to spoken language users. They also share structures that are similarily found in other languages; foundation, syntax, grammar, conceptualzation and more.
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University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN (ASL)
Out of State:
California State University, Northridge - CA (ASL/Deaf Studies/ITP)
Columbia College, Chicago, IL (ASL/ITP)
Gallaudet University - Washington, DC (ASL/Deaf Studies/ITP)
Harper College, Chicago, IL (ASL/ITP)
Have to be Deaf to Understand"
What is it like to "hear" a hand?
You have to be deaf to understand.
What is it like to be a small child,
Or the teacher thinks that to make you smart,
What is it like to be curious?
What is it like in a corner to stand,
What is it like to be shouted at
What is it like to be laughed in the face
What is it like to have to depend
What is it like to be deaf and alone
What is it like on the road of life?
What is it like to comprehend
What is it like to "hear" a hand?
A world of silence
The spoken language is common
The world is lit with movement
Simply watch, do not hear
|"What is it like to be Deaf?"
What is it like to be deaf?
Noooo, it is much more than that.
Isolation is not a stranger to me.
Natural curiosity perks up
Supposed to smile to show the happiness.
Always feeling like an outsider
Facing the choice between the Deaf Camping
I get such great pleasure at Deaf Clubs,
With Deaf people, I am so normal,
Contented smiles, and laughing are muscial.
I feel more at home with Deaf people
Being at a loss of control
But Deaf people are still human beings