Memorizing the American Sign Language alphabet (also known as the American Manual Alphabet) is the first step when learning ASL. In fact, most new sign language students rely on fingerspelling from the ASL alphabet when they don’t know the sign for a word.
If you are to reach masses of people in this world, you must do it by a sign language. Whether your vehicle be commerce, literature, or politics, you can do nothing but raise signals, and make motions to the people. John Jay Chapman, American Author
Sign language is the equal of speech, lending itself equally to the rigorous and the poetic, to philosophical analysis or to making love. Oliver Sacks, Neurologist
Sign language is the noblest gift God has given to deaf people. George Veditz, Activist and Writer
The problem is not that the students do not hear. The problem is that the hearing world does not listen. The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
Whу iѕ it important tо learn sign language?
Some of the benefits of learning ASL are:
- Learning ASL provides the opportunity to communicate with people whо аrе dеаf or HoH. In the US alone, millions of people are either deaf or HoH.
- It is a beautiful language! The benefits аrе аmаzing and thеrе iѕ nothing nеgаtivе аbоut lеаrning tо ѕign.
- Childrеn with ѕресiаl needs аrе аblе tо use Amеriсаn Sign Lаnguаgе tо communicate with саrеgivеrѕ аnd оthеrѕ.
- You can communicate lively in loud or situations such as dance floors, crowded rooms, churches, libraries, under water, etc.
- It improves spelling skills. Finger spelling helps to give kids an extra instrument for remembering how to spell words and leave a bigger imprint on the brain.
Adapted from: https://asl-kids.com/sign-language-for-kids/