• American Sign Language (ASL) is used in North America. 
  • Even though it is used in America, ASL is a language completely separate from English.
  • ASL has its own rules for grammar, punctuation and sentence order.
  • Facial expressions, head position, movements and other visual cues formulate meaning in a similar manner that intonations formulate meaning in a spoken language. 
  • ASL is NOT universal. Different countries have different sign languages. 
  • Other English speaking countries have their own sign language.
  • ASL has regional and dialectal differences depending on age, gender, culture and more. This is similar to how spoken languages have regional differences (pop vs. soda, water fountain vs. bubbler, etc.) or age differences such as "that's crazy!" vs. "cray cray."
  • One sign in sign language can have multiple meanings.
  • A form of ASL has been used in the USA for over 200 years
  • ASL has origins from France. In 1817, a French teacher named Laurent Clerc, came to the United States with Thomas Gallaudet. The two of them founded the first school for the Deaf in Hartofd, Connecticut. Laurent Clerc began teaching French Sign Language.
  • Gallaudet University, located in Washington D.C., is if the first Liberal Arts Deaf college.
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