Petition to Joliet Township High School District 204 Board of Education
ASL III Class for Joliet Township High School
Dear Students, Faculty and Public, As some of you may be aware, American Sign Language III is not being offered as a course in the coming 2018-2019 school year. This deeply hinders the future careers of many of those who are currently taking the preceding courses, ASL I and ASL II. Most students taking the course would like to move on to have careers such as interpreters, sign language teachers, and Deaf education teachers. Sign language can also be used in many different careers to aide the deaf, for example, the medical field and police force. Many students would like to continue learning the language, especially to aide their career choice. There are enough ASL II students currently to create either one large or two small classes, and more children will be signing up for ASL I and II in the coming years. If there is no course, then many students taking the course could be stuck waiting until college to take it, which will indefinitely create a loss of prior knowledge. Students may then have to re-take ASL I or ASL II. It would be greatly appreciated to receive as much support as possible in light of this problem. Hopefully you all will consider signing the petition to send the course through. Sincerely, ASL I and II Students of Joliet Township High School
Petition to Nintendo
ASL Friendly Legend of Zelda Cartoon
As a fan of both Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda series, I got to thinking, I think the world is ready for another cartoon/anime based on the beloved game series. But unlike the first series from the 80s, keep Link silent like he is in the games and instead have him speak using American Sign Language (ASL). Not many shows have characters that speak using ASL are present and even less so in cartoons. I only know of one instance and it was a mermaid in The Little Mermaid the Animated Series. That character only appeared in a few episodes. So I felt it is time for a show on a beloved series to make a comeback with a character who has this special way to talk. The Toon Link version of him would be a great medium for a children’s show where he teaches viewers ASL with Zelda, Ganon (who would be less threatening in this version, kinda like Eggman in Sonic Boom or Pete in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) and other characters that show up in the Wind Waker universe. This would be a great and cute way to introduce children to a new language that they will be able to use in the future. The other iteration I was imagining, is an anime, geared towards the older fans. This would be a more serious show that could be based on Twilight Princess or Breath of the Wild. Those games have the potential to bring different perspectives on situations present in those games and I love that idea because it is great storytelling. These ideas are not to imply that Link is deaf, as ASL can be used for those who do not have the ability to talk, but to bring about diversity in both the gaming community and the television community. This would be challenging, but Nintendo has always been a company that overcomes challenges. Plus I would adore something like this because I have always wanted to learn ASL, but never could find an engaging way to learn.
Petition to Mark Anderson, Marisa Sarian, Robert Hernandez, David Ibarra, Brian McDonald
Keeping ASL At Marshall Fundamental High School
Hello there! I'm Nathanael (Jessie) Schiffer. I go to a high school in Pasadena, California called John Marshall Secondary High School. We have a program here at Marshall for ASL. What is ASL you may ask? ASL stands for American Sign Language, and is a beautiful language used among Deaf, and hearing people as an alternative for a spoken language or written language. We are the last PUSD (Pasadena Unified School District) school to offer an ASL class. We, as a network of classes, just found out we will be losing our ASL program, and it is not fair. We were told Friday March 29th that we would be losing our class, and wonderful teacher. We can stop the PUSD from shutting the ASL Program down! We need 2,000 signatures to show that we want and need ASL! If we can show that we, Students - Teachers - Adults - Schools, that we want ASL. I've talked to almost everyone I know, Elementary, ASL 1, 2 and 3, and high school students that don't even take asl know that it's a valuable language. I have even gotten teachers, and parents on my side. So please, help all of us that want and need ASL.As I have stated earlier, Hi I'm Nathanael Schiffer (I go by Jessie Schiffer at school) . It is my first year of four at Marshall, and I have had rough challenges here. My biggest one being when I had changed my name (not legally yet) from Nathanael to Jessie. One of the first people I told was my ASL teacher. One of the most caring people I know. Not only was she there for that, but she was also there at a time where life wasn't the best for me. She's seen me at some of my worst times, and I was so excited to see her next school year. As soon I found out the program was closing, I cried for days. My first thought was to start a petition on paper- I got 173 signatures in 2 hours, but I was told that "that will have no effect, no one will listen on paper." So i made one online. In that time of getting 173 signatures, i realized 50% of students that signed were in middle school. At Marshall we don't offer a middle school program, but it proved how many middle schoolers want ASL. My baby brother wants to learn ASL so bad, but was upset to find he couldn't. I want to make sure he gets the language he deserves!
Petition to Montclair Board of Education
American Sign Language in Montclair School District
Language is an option, the ability to hear is not. Our hope is to get American Sign Language (A.S.L.) recognized as a language course in the Montclair School District. Students deserve a way to learn how to communicate with the deaf population. With the chance to learn ASL in school, we would be able to include a new group of students to the conversation and begin to normalize the idea of communicating with people unlike yourself. We hope that American Sign Language will, also, be able to fulfill language requirements for graduation.
Petition to AMC Entertainment, firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , Roy Blunt, james tokioka, reptokioka@Capitol.hawaii.gov , Jered Taylor
Captioning on screen in movie theaters
Under the ADA accessibility law, accommodation must be provided to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with captioning. However, this is being done in the poorest fashion possible and should be immediately reviewed. The devices that are being offered are cumbersome, outdated, and an embarrassment to the technology of 2019. One such "accommodation" is an awkward, tiny screen that attaches to the patrons cup holder to be positioned in front of the screen. This results in blocking part of the movie for the viewer and the they have to glance up and down to read the captions. If the paying customer using the captioning box decides to adjust their body to get more comfortable, they must also adjust the box to be able to see it. Not to mention the fact that the device prevents people from comfortably passing the Deaf/Hard of Hearing person, if another moviegoer needs to get by to use the bathroom or get a snack from the lobby. This is resulting as exclusion to those people that need captioning to follow the dialogue in a movie theater. Many Deaf/Hard of Hearing patrons would rather not visit the theater because they are not truly getting a captioned experience with these complicated, inefficient, and often non-working devices. The state of Hawaii has become the first state to require open captions in movie theaters. As of 3 years ago, Hawaii law states that at least 2 films per week are required to have captions on the screen. Displaying captions at the bottom of the screen eliminates the need for unwieldy captioning devices and creates an immensely better experience. On screen, open captions not only benefits Deaf/Hard of Hearing people, it greatly benefits English language learners, people with attention deficit disorders and also people with auditory neuropathy issues. Requiring open captions during selected times/movies is a reasonable solution to this issue and I see no reason why this should not be implemented as soon as possible.