15th April, 2018 will be… ASL Day
Language is perhaps humanity’s most significant achievement. It is the purest, most effective form of expression known to us. So 15th April will be ASL Day. The emotions and ideas conveyed through words evoke more power than anything else. And the means for communicating these words usually falls to verbal language. Spoken language is the most convenient form of communication between humanity with written language taking second place.
For those of us who can hear and speak, it is imperative that we recognize our gifts and not take them for granted. Perhaps even more important than that is to acknowledge the struggle of those who do not possess these gifts and to strive to make the world a better place for them.
The communities of people who cannot hear and speak and therefore cannot utilize the benefits of verbal language the same way we do are the people whom we must strive. They deserve the equal opportunities in life,and it is our job to open up those doors for them.
These individuals may turn out to be more great intellectuals than we can ever imagine, provided their progress is not hindered due to communication barriers. Beethoven; one of the most influential pianists of the 19th century was almost deaf when he composed some of his amazing pieces of music. The Ninth Symphony, the Missa Solemnis, the last five piano sonatas and the string quartets still stand today as some of the fantastic pieces of music ever composed.
It is why 15 April 2018 known as National American sign language day to commemorate the struggle of those less fortunate than us and standing in unity with them to promote a language that will benefit their lives immensely.
The American Sign Language was initially born of a combination between the French sign language, the Native American Signals, and the Martha’s Vineyard sign language. These three work in such a way as to create a reasonably detailed yet organized language that could be an adequate replacement for verbal speech.
A school for the deaf come into being in 1815, it was the was the 1st deaf school where the early development of this language took place. Since then, there has been lots of progress in this field, and the vocabulary has expanded immensely.
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Did you know that sign language interpreter is some of the most highly paid professionals in the USA? So, apart from the fact that by learning sign language you will be able to draw attention to it, get other people interested in knowing about it, raise awareness and help countless people with your services but you will also be able to build a career out of it.
You have the opportunity to be a small part of the progress of a language that may one day be a universal means of communication for people with hearing impairments and speech impediments. If you live in a country where the language is unknown, you can be the first to take the initiative.
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