Imagine a world where 15% of the population was untouchable and unreadable. We virtually lose a portion of the population the size of Europe. Now, there is a way our world earned that 15% back, and it was through sign language. Sign language is a language spoken through hand motions and arm movements. It has saved not only the deaf population by giving them their voices, but it also saved the rest of the world, for that 15% has presented us with some powerful and talented human beings.
The language was invented in 1817, because a man named Thomas Hopkins wanted a deaf girl he saw on the streets to fit in and have a voice. Hopkins ended up opening the first ever sign language school and invented a lot of the signs we still use today.
Now, in schools children do not typically have the privilege to learn this language. Sadly, that is because the school boards prioritize other languages. It is imperative that everyone learns this language one way or another. Learning this language is not only beneficial for communication to the deaf, it also boosts your IQ, and helps you communicate underwater, in loud areas, in silent areas, and in secret.
Overall, sign language is beneficial to everyone, not just our deaf population. I would encourage everyone to give the language a try, for it is extremely helpful in many ways.
- Ellie W.
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