Increasing ASL Among the Hearing

Human beings have an innate desire for belonging, community, human contact, and communication. But, what if the way in which you communicate was different than the majority of the rest of the world? What if you were deaf or hard of hearing where you were unable to listen or speak the way hearing people do? While the hard of hearing community has certainly adapted to being functional and productive members of society through developing technologies such as vibrating alarm clocks, light-flashing doorbells, hearing-aids, lip reading, and American Sign Language, what if hearing people committed to doing more…to being more inclusive to this marginalized community? Research shows that 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, however, only 500,000 of those individuals know ASL. We often hear about Spanish being the second leading language in America, but I would argue that we have an obligation and moral duty to provide opportunities for ASL to also become a leading language in the United States of America.

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  • 28 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, however, only 500,000 of those individuals know ASL. Spanish is the second leading language in America, but we have an obligation and moral duty to provide opportunities for ASL to also become a leading language in the United States.

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7 thoughts on “Increasing ASL Among the Hearing”

  1. Good work, Amber; you have made a strong case for the importance of all people to versed in a basic level of ASL.

    1. Thank you for your kind words Dr. Starkey! I hope to see a positive change in the amount of sign language used in the near future.

  2. I really enjoyed your video! ASL is near and dear to my heart and being able to communicate in this way really changed my life. I think many people, Deaf and hearing alike, can benefit from its use.

    1. I am really glad you enjoyed my video Taylor! ASL really does change your life for the better. I agree everyone can benefit from its use.

  3. This is so important! Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention. I am not yet fluent, but I was able to take a few semesters of ASL, I just wish it was more widely taught. I completely agree we should be doing more as a society in order to include those who are hearing impaired. Your booklet looks really useful for beginners too!

    1. Thank you so much Lacey for watching and responding to my video. I am happy to hear that you have taken a few semesters of ASL and enjoyed it!

  4. I love that you brought up how everyone wants to be welcomed and feel belonging. I feel that there is a bit of technology for the deaf/hard of hearing population. We can see, even at this conference, that many important online events are still able to include these people through the use of CC. I’m glad that the ASL class enrollment has increased drastically.

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