Have American Sign Language as a language option in the Census
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There are no good statistics or data on the number of people that use American Sign Language (ASL) as a primary language in the United States of America.
The Census Bureau should include ASL in order to find out the true number of ASL users, and to better provide services as well as access for these communities. ASL should be counted as a language other than English, due to its unique features as a language and as a cultural identity. ASL is one of the fastest growing languages in America, and is now, by some metrics, the 4th most used (and 3rd most taught) language in the United States.
This data will allow law makers and policy makers to better connect resources to the D/deaf population. By having good, quality metrics on people that use ASL as a primary language, we can better serve a minority community and culture.
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