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What is American Sign Language?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, complex language that employs signs made with the hands and other movements, including facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the first language of many deaf  Americans, and one of several communication options available to deaf people. ASL is said to be the fourth most commonly used language in the United States.



A Few Items to Remember:

1. It does not follow all aspects of English.

2. It is not universal.

3. It has all the components to be a language, and it is:).

4.It is visual (body language, facial expressions(nms) all count.

5. It is conceptual (The concept of the message is conveyed).


Deaf Culture

A community of people who are linked by a common language (ASL)  that practice the same beliefs, values or traditions. Sometimes the Deaf community have been refered to as a language minority or culture. The community does not view themselves as disabled and proudly define themselves a Deaf with a capitol D and deafness is lifestyle or a unique way of living.

Types of Deafness

Big “D” and little “d”.

Big “D” refers to someone who is culturally deaf they utilize ASL, connect with the deaf culture and follow common traditions and values.

Little “d” referes to a person who is medically deaf (pathologically deaf) and they choose not to utilize ASL or follow traditions and values wihin the deaf community. This population may view deafness as a disability and seek options to restore or gain hearing.


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