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Sign language is an easy way to learn vocabulary, sentence structure, finger spelling, multiple meaning words, grammar & many more things. Sign Language helps to improve communication and develop skills of deaf pupils. Sign Language Interpreters play an important role in that. The presentation will give you a brief idea on how sign language came into existence how it has been helping people ever since.

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Boost Your Communication Skills Using Sign Language!

Jeff Hernandez

Things to Cover

  • Introduction to Sign Language

  • History of Sign Language

  • Sign Language - Fun Facts

  • Types of Sign Language

  • Who uses Sign Language?

  • What percentage of the World is Dependent on Sign Language?

  • Why is Sign Language Important?

  • The Role of Sign Language Interpreters

  • Communication made simpler with Sign Language

  • Conclusion


  • Manual communication & body language to convey meaning, as opposed to acoustically conveyed sound patterns.

  • You can also used a different medium

    • Hands

    • Facial expressions

    • Eyes

History of Sign Language

  • Aristotle the first to have a claim recorded about the deaf.

  • Geronimo Cardano, an Italian mathematician & physician educated his deaf son using written words.

  • In 1960, William Stokoe, a scholar and hearing professor at Gallaudet University, published a dissertation that proved ASL is a genuine language

  • ASL was henceforth recognized as a national language.

  • Laura Bridgman first deaf-blind person to be educated

  • 1771 established the first public free deaf

  • In 1995, a woman named Heather Whitestone became the first deaf woman to be named Miss America in the Miss America pageant. 

Sign Language - Fun Facts

  • It is the fourth most used language in the US.

  • Deaf History Month is observed from March 13th to April 15th every year.

  • Hundreds of sign language dialects in use around the world

  • Each culture has developed its own form of sign language

Types of Sign Language

  • American Sign Language (ASL)

  • British Sign Language (BSL)

  • Signed English (SE)

  • Sign Supported English (SSE)

  • International Sign (IS)

  • Finger Spelling

Who uses Sign Language?

The class of people that use sign language :

  • Deaf People

  • Sign language newscasters

  • Some parents also teach their babies sign language to enhance their communication skills

What percentage of the World is Dependent on Sign Language?

  • ASL is currently the sixth most-used language in the US

  • ASL is the language of a sizeable minority.

  • Estimates range from 500,000 to two million speakers in the US

  • ASL is now used by approximately one-half million Deaf people in the US and Canada.

Why is Sign Language Important?

  • Sign language plays the major role in developing Deaf identity

  • It is the Mother tongue language of Deaf children

  • Use Sign language in education

  • Sign language are a linguistic and legal aspect

Finger spelled Alphabet Sign Language

The Role of Sign Language Interpreters

  • Converts spoken language into sign language

  • Work for schools, hospitals or government agencies

  • Listening carefully to, or watching, what is said or signed

  • Interpreting everything that is said or signed

Communication made simpler with Sign Language

  • Sign Language is a method of presenting thoughts via pictures or actions made using hands.

  • Sign Language is a great way to train the dumb and the deaf.

  • Makes communication simpler with the facial expressions.

Sign Language Hand Positions for Numbers


What did you learn from this?

  • Not the same hand shape is used in every sign language.

  • Sign Language plays a vital role in life.

  • Signing is not only used by the deaf, it is also used by people who can hear, but cannot physically speak.

  • Sign languages show the same linguistic properties and use the same language faculty as do spoken languages.

  • Hundreds of sign languages are in use around the world.











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