How many of you have checked out the new campaign Deaf Insight is working on called KEEP ASL IN SCHOOLS? How many of you have heard stories of mainstream and Deaf schools taking Sign Language out of schools now or in the past? If you have seen some stories out there please share them with us! We are currently working on the video for this campaign, but we are short entries. Would you like to be a part of the campaign? If you are unsure what we are looking for please check out the HOW TO information below. Please comment below if you have any other questions.
Option 1: Create a video of you explaining why Sign Language should stay in schools. We would loved for signed videos with a written transcript for it.
Option 2: Take a photo of yourself and a paragraph or more as to why you believe it is important for ASL to stay in the school systems.
Option 3: Draw a picture- Submit a drawing that expresses why ASL should stay in school.
Due Date: July 31. Please submit your entries soon!
Guest Blogger: Jordan Schiavone
Hello, my name is Jordan Schiavone. This past school year I took my first ASL class to learn sign and deaf culture, I can say hands down it was the best class I have ever taken throughout all my high school years. I tried Spanish for two years but never was able to grasp the language, not to mention what the final grades did to my final GPA score of the year. During this time of hardship our ASL program at the school was starting to decay. Two years ago we had three different ASL teachers come through our doors to leave three months later, and students and faculty started to think about the problems and difficulties of having an ASL program in our school rather than thinking of all the good that will come out of this amazing class. My first year taking ASL was the first year that we had one teacher all year long, her fun, creative, and always happy attitude during class made the day fly by. I am not scared to say that at the end of the year my eyes started to water when saying goodbye. About halfway through the year she found out that she wouldn’t have a job next year due to what administration blames on not finding a way to give her a contract. That may be true but many other classmates and I are skeptical that it’s because of something else. A group of us had created a petition to help keep this super teacher in her job and overall keep a great program in school. Within four days we got 100 signatures but this didn’t change a thing. Now almost July My fantastic teacher will for sure not be teaching next year and the ASL program is about 70% sure on not having any new students start learning sign at level one and have all previous ASL students finish through the program before they shut it totally down for good. This is where I need your help. Give me any thoughts on how to keep this beautiful language flowing through my school and others that may be struggling with this same problem!
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Blogger: Monica Hood
I created Deaf Insight to help spread deaf awareness. It is a place for everyone to come together to help share with the world! In this blog, I discuss my thoughts about many things. I hope you all enjoy it!