#whyisign: Why I sign?

#whyisign is a movement, celebrating people who learn the language in visual-spatial modality for their deaf and hard-of-hearing family members. Many contributors share their stories and love.

A weeklong campaign took place on March 13-15, 2016, where many ASL speakers jumped in and share their inspirations. There are hundreds of vlogs on facebook and other social media sites but below is a sample of a few stories.

Coco's heartfelt story in summary: When Coco (1980-present) was about one and half, her parents discovered that she was deaf. Like many parents, they were advised that Coco took the avenue of oralism but the parents later discovered that it was not the right answer. They tried ASL and found it to be efficient. Many of her wonderful family members also learned ASL throughout her life.

Not only Coco speaks ASL, she've also learned 22 signed languages during her travels to 59 countries. Fast forward, in March 2016 (a week before her vlog above), her mother passed away. On her last day of life, her mother weakly signed, "I love you. You're so beautiful, and I'm so proud of you." Then, she waved the ILY sign. A nurse came in and talked to her, but the mother couldn't vocally speak. Even with dementia, she remembers sign language.


Website: http://www.whyisign.com/

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New to sign language? "Where do I start?" or "How do I start learning sign language?" This ASL Rookie guide lists some selected links to the tutorials for ASL beginners to get started and keep rolling. It may be a useful review for intermediate-level learners and ASL students as well.

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Expressing needs and wants

  1. Making commands or requests

Talking about activities

  1. Frequency of time: how often?

Are you able to carry everyday conversations in ASL? Are you a student in the intermediate levels and beyond, who wishes to boost up your signing skills? You've come to the selected tutorial series. (Some premium content are available to PatronPlus membership.)

Stories, poems, performance arts, etc. in sign language.

This documentation project follows a child's language acquisition, literacy development, and phonological acquisition in sign language, specifically ASL, from newborn to age five in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.