The Public School For The Deaf Essays

1622 Words Jun 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Around 1760, the first public school for the deaf was launched by the Abbé Charles Michel de l’Épée in Paris (Eastman 300).” After this amazing advancement in the history of sign language, progress was very stagnant for about the next 150-200 years. From 1850 to 1990, medicinal and technological studies advanced greatly, especially concerning special education and handicap accessibility. Businesses have installed handicap services that were not available before. Job discrimination laws have been created to dispense with unfairness in the workplace concerning disabilities. About 13% of the US population, according to the Gallaudet Research Institution, is deaf or hard of hearing as of 2014. One might ask “So how do they communicate with others if they cannot hear?” The deaf community has a language that is not spoken, but seen. American Sign Language is the third most used language in America (Collins 4). American Sign Language (ASL) has greatly helped develop deaf culture throughout history by increasing the unification between all deaf people through a common language, enabling the deaf or mute to communicate, and influencing deaf education in the forming of schools and the availability of deaf culture or deaf study classes.
“Sign language is the use of a systematic, organized group of gestures as a medium of communication, where spoken language is unusable for one of several reasons (Eastman 299).” Phrases can be translated by one simple sign or many words can be signed in…

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