ASL sign for BILINGUAL-BICULTURAL


Meaning: Bilingual-Bicultural (BiBi) refers to education of the Deaf in which BiBi education programs use sign language as the first or native language of Deaf children who learn both ASL and English.

This is the most natural educational model for deaf children and students and is the most favored model of education by Deaf people. It guarantees language acquisition in both languages with ASL as a foundation in order to learn a second language efficiently.


Related signs: BILINGUAL, EDUCATION, SCHOOL, DEAF, LANGUAGE, CULTURE.

"It's almost as if the monolingual child's brain is on a diet and the bilingual child's brain stretches to the full extent and variability that Mother Nature gave it to use language and exploit human language." -- 'Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (Gallaudet Today, Spring 2012, p. 18.)

"[Bilingualism] is our ally ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and combating discrimination." -- Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.