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MSU Officials: American Sign Language is NOT a “real” language

It has been brought to our attention that the MSU officials are claiming that American Sign Language is not a real language! They have already begun closing ASL courses, when students were told they would be open for at least another year.

This calls for urgency actions from the Deaf Community and Deaf Organizations, as well as attending the ASL rally at MSU this Friday to show our concerns and objections to their ignorance and misinformation on our language and culture, as well as shutting down the Deaf Education Program/ASL classes.

Jeannette Johnson explains in details, both in ASL and English on her v/blog, “National Trend Of Eliminating ASL Classes?

Download the ASL Rally Flyer: ASL Rally Flyer. Please share with your friends and family. You may make your own posters and bring your friends to the rally!

ASL Rally on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=340858637335&ref=mf

ASL Rally at MSU:
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 8:30am
Where: Hannah Administration Building, MSU Campus
East Lansing, MI

Any questions or concerns regarding the rally, please feel free to contact Kassandra Darling, freedarlingkas@gmail.com darlingkas@gmail.com

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  1. John Smith
    April 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm | #1

    does US Department of Education say that American sign language is “a language”?
    Could I learn Italian Sign Language alternatively? Is that another language? Isn’t it really a “dialect”? A form of another language?

  2. April 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm | #2

    John Smith,

    Yes, the US Department of Education says it is a language. And yes, you can learn Italian Sign Language, which is also another language to answer your question. Tough you’ll have to go to Italy to learn it.

    And no, it is not a dialect.

    This website, ironically a medical website, explains about ASL.

    http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/asl.asp

    Have a nice day. :P

  3. Kassandra Darling
    April 19, 2010 at 9:37 pm | #3

    I would like to make a correction about the email that you listed. It is wrong. My email (Kassandra Darling) is: darlingkas@gmail.com

    I don’t know how this confusion happened. But please if anyone needs to contact me about anything Deaf Education related at MSU, please use that email.

    Thank you,

    Kassandra Darling

  4. April 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm | #4

    Thank you, Kassandra, for bringing this to my attention – it was my mistake, my apologies and I’ve updated the post with the correct email address.

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