American Sign Language (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 may have many deaf and hard of hearing students, dramatically increasing the need for sign language 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 language alone.
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There are approximately 6,000 signed languages used throughout the world
American Sign language is the third most commonly used language in the United States
American Sign language 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 from the third base coach originated with 'Dummy' Hoy, a deaf baseball player
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone by 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