Fri. Sep 30th, 2022
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ANNA GIBB • Guest Opinion

Everyone has a language. Whether it is mental or physical, each person has some way of communicating. 

I’m just 12 years old, and I want to have a career as a sign language teacher. In Canada, we use ASL, which stands for American Sign Language. I’ve had a passion for ASL for about four to five years now, and I want to teach everyone about the importance of communication in ASL. 

So many people take for granted the regular abilities that we use on a day-to-day basis, such as hearing, seeing and mobility. But there are many other people who don’t have those abilities, and are less fortunate. That’s why ASL is important to me — so every person who may have hearing problems has the same ability to communicate as any other human being. 

Many people with different types of disabilities use ASL, so if you thought sign language was just for the deaf and hearing impaired, you’ve greatly underestimated all that sign language can do. Many people with Down Syndrome use it, because Down Syndrome can affect speech, so they might feel more comfortable signing. Another use for it is baby communication. Believe it or not, all babies start communicating using sign language! When they wave hello or goodbye to someone, it’s the same thing for hello and goodbye in ASL. There are also so many more signs that babies use that you might not even be aware of. So if you’re a parent, pay attention to your baby. They might be able to communicate with you better than you think. 

Another use for it is emergencies. If you are in trouble, you might be able to have a special sign to let others know you are in danger, so they can help you. 

Furthermore, ASL is obviously used for the deaf and hearing impaired, which is why it was originally created. But it’s a skill that I feel everyone should know, to help us better understand those around us. 

I’m hoping to change the way the world sees people with disabilities by fulfilling my dream to become an ASL teacher. Also, to let others know they can complete any dreams that they want to come true, and so that they will one day be accepted just as much as anyone else. 

In this world, there are so many people who reject others over their differences. But we are all different, and that’s why we should treat everyone as equal, with respect and kindness, no matter who they are, or what kind of differences we have. 

I believe sign language is one way that we can accomplish this. So I strongly encourage everyone to try learning even a few basic words in sign language. You just never know when it could help you. 

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Source: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/opinion/anna-gibb-im-12-and-i-want-to-teach-the-world-about-sign-language-100704408/

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