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I always thought "signing" was cool, and am now learning it. Unfortunately, the deaf and hearing impaired ARE considered second class. One only needs to watch any of the local news casts with the closed captioning on to see that. There is no way a person could tell anything but a very general gist of what was being said. The verbiage is either butchered, or entire words and even sentences are left out. It's as if the stations are saying, "We're doing this because we have to, but we really don't care if you can follow along." My correspondence to the station managers result in a typical blow off. I thank Ms. Clark for her tenacity and wish her luck.
I agree with you, Ron, about the quality of captioning on the news - I never bother trying to watch the news on TV anymore, and I get annoyed when I try to read articles on the Internet, only to find a video without captions instead. I fully support Adrean Clark and the idea that all hearing and deaf and hard-of-hearing children would benefit 100% from learning sign language from birth. Not to mention the benefits it would give in communicating with Down's Syndrome children, autistic children, and other children/adults who might have difficulty communicating verbally. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning sign language to continue learning and find some deaf friends who are willing to help them continue their journey to becoming fluent in ASL.
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