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What would life be like with a severe disability Physical disabilities seem to bevery stressful because many of them develop overtime but the majority of them do notaffect ones communication The thought of being deaf seems to be far fetched to mehowever it could occur under certain circumstances and like other people I would have toadjust accordingly Although being deaf is a disability in which most are born with itsthe disability with the biggest impact on ones way of communicating Im amazed tothink that people become accustomed to communicating other than verbally Thisphenomenon is possible through American Sign Language or ASL Today American SignLanguage is a complex visual-spatial language that is used by the Deaf community in theUnited States and English-speaking parts of Canada It is also considered linguisticallycomplete natural language ASL is the native language of many Deaf men and women aswell as some hearing children born into deaf families ASL has changed the lives of thedeaf population and has opened doors to those not deaf for a career opportunity inteaching and interpreting it Im interested in ASL and would enjoy learning it I wasfrustrated to find out ASL was not considered an alternate course to my foreign languagecredits Im going to explore this topic and find out whether or not it could be technicallyconsidered a foreign language I would like to give an in-depth look at all aspects of signlanguage and compare it to languages spoken verballyBefore I discuss my research findings on ASL I would like to discuss what Ivepersonally experienced from it Last semester I had a classmate that was deaf and she hada ASL translator come to class each day This was very interesting because it was aMotor Learning course in Exercise and Sport Sciences I was interested in observing herecognitive motor skills and seeing if she differed at all The only way in which I saw herediffering from any other student is she was probably ahead of everyone I
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