Reflection About Sign Language

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Our scene takes place in a loud cafeteria full of fifth graders. There is a group of kids at a table in the corner, two of the girls were talking animatedly about some topic or another. One girl had waist length brown hair, the other had much shorter curly blonde hair. Suddenly the cafeteria workers called for five minutes of silence in an attempt to settle the easily excitable youth but the girls continued talking with their hands. The brown haired girls signs were quick and fluid while the blonde’s were slower and clumsier, having just started learning. The girls were scolded for “not following directions,” though their parents argued that they were not talking. That was my introduction to sign language, being taught by my best friend to get around the rules. Since…show more content…
Very few people know more than the basics of sign and necessities for the deaf are overly expensive. Just the batteries for hearing aids are about $80 a year, and that doesn’t include the actual hearing aids themselves. Most deaf people have more health problems than just their hearing, one of my friends was in and out of the hospital with liver problems and other health issues, so if my knowing sign makes their lives a little easier than I am happy to help.
Learning sign language was a big part of my life. I originally learned the language to get around the rules in the cafeteria my fifth grade year, and now here I am, advocating for the deaf community. I always thought sign was something everyone should at least know the basics of, but as I get older and I see the deaf all around me I know it’s more than that. We learn German and French as second languages, but why does no one teach sign language? Are we really more likely to go to France than meet someone who is hearing impaired? So many are surprised to have someone understand them, and that just isn’t

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