American Sign Langauge (ASL) is growing in use every day. Hundereds of colleges and universities accept ASL in fulfillment of a language entrance and exit requirement. Schools for the Deaf my have may deaf and hard of hearing students, dramatically increasing the need for sign langauge teachers. Many school systems are now mainstreaming their deaf and hard of hearing students, increasing the need for sign language interpreters. Television stations are using sign language in programs and advertising, and employers are looking for applicants who can sign. Mothers are often teaching their babies to sign in order to communicate many months earlier than with spoken langauge alone.
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There are approximately 6,000 signed languages used throughout the world
American Sign Langauge is the third most commonly used language in the United States
American Sign Langauge is derived from French Sign Language
ASL has it's own grammar--it is not just a signed version of English!
Just like spoken languages, signers of different regions have different accents
90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents
Love Baseball? Signs fro the third base coach originated with 'Dummy' Hoy, a deaf baseball player
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone on accident. He was trying to make hearing aids for his deaf wife and mother
Fan of CSI? The character Gil Grissom was a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults)
Heather Whitestone was the first deaf Miss America