New American Sign Language Awareness Day

Having spent this semester researching American Sign Language (ALS), and working with St. Mark’s Catholic Grade School, Signing Time Academy and Communication Junction, it has come to light the importance of ALS. Not only do 30 states (including Illinois) consider ALS to be a foreign language in their high schools, but has also grown in popularity at the college and university level by 16.4% in 3 years. This makes it the 4th highest studied and used language in the United States.
With these discoveries and our partnership with the local school and businesses, we have made it our goal to raise awareness to this incredible language. Not only have the students gotten an opporunity to learn ALS basics, but St. Mark’s, Signing Time Academy and Communication Junction have created American Sign Language Awareness Day. On November 28th we encourage the community to help raise awareness themsevles. By having a “Silent Lunch” with their company, or even sending an email to their coworkers with basic ALS letters and colors, we can shine a light on this incredible language.
According to St. Mark’s students, “American Sign Language can be used anywhere, anytime and with anyone who is on Earth”. We invite the rest of the Peoria Area to learn and experience this as well.

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