Sign Language Facts
you know that American Sign Language is now the number 3 most used
language in the United States? English and Spanish being the first
Since American Sign Language, also known as ASL, is based on the idea
that sight is the most useful tool a deaf person has to communicate and
receive information, it combines the use of hand shapes, position and
movement; body movements, gestures and facial expressions and visual
cues to create and form words and sentences.
has been around for over 200 years.
estimated number of people just in the United States who use ASL as
their primary language is about 500,000 - 2 million!
form of sign language is universal.
French teacher named Laurent Clerc, brought to the United States by
Thomas Gallaudet, founded the first school for the deaf in Hartford,
Connecticut in 1817.
out of every ten children who are born deaf are born to parents who
who use ASL have shown ability to process visual mental images
differently than hearing users of English. Though English speakers
possess the skills needed to process visual imagery, ASL users
demonstrate faster processing ability--suggesting that sign language
enhances certain processing functions of the human brain.
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