Petition to Maryville College
Recognize ASL as a Language
The ASL and ASL - English interpreting program at Maryville College is currently a division of the behavioral sciences. It is included in the same category as psychology and neuroscience. American sign language is used all over the United States by millions of people. ASL satisfies all necessary criteria for being a full and legitimate language. To classify ASL and Deaf culture as a behavior science is to say that sign language is nothing more than a simple system of gestures. We must give due respect to the language and to the culture by fully recognizing ASL as a language. We are petitioning that Maryville College must change the ASL and Interpreting department from a division of Behavioral Science, to become a division of Languages and Literature.
Petition to The Census Bureau, Deaf Urbanists, Gallaudet University, National Association for the Deaf, DC Association for the Deaf
Have American Sign Language as a language option in the Census
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.
Petition to Education Ministry, Prakash Javadekar, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, Pmo , President of India
A step for our special mates : Make sign language as a mandatory part of school education
All we hear beautiful voices, we talk to each other, we share our thoughts. However, there are people who are not blessed with this. Yes, I am talking about our pals who can not hear and speak. I am talking about our special ones who have feelings like we have, who want to talk like us, who want to listen from us. But, they cant. I believe that some day medical research will enable them to hear, to speak like us. But before that day come, we can help them by sign language. But, this is not enough until we all don't communicate with them using sign language. To give them a normal and healthy living we should also know sign language. When we all will be knowing sign language we will be able to interact with them and they have to face no or less problems. So, Please sign my petition to start sign language as mandatory course in school education. I am sure it will be a great initiative to cherish the life of our special friends. Thank you Rajkumar Saini Research Scholar, IIT Roorkee
Petition to CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CBS, FOX Broadcasting Company, NBC, ABC
Make American Sign Language A Mandatory Part Of American National & Local News
American Sign Language (ASL) has over 500,000 users throughout the United States—enough to make signing one of America’s top 5 languages. Despite this, the deaf community is forced to rely on closed captioning for American news and television. Unfortunately, closed captioning is not always a seamless service, as missing phrases or incorrect spelling can cloud the message being sent to viewers. Additionally, not every American television channel is required to provide closed captioning for viewers. This leads to challenges for American Sign Language users to fully comprehend the messages being presented on screen. Everybody deserves to be informed. Hands 4 News is dedicated to increasing accessibility for the deaf community in regards to American television. We advocate for: The Mandatory Implementation of American Sign Language For All National & Local News Outlets Mandatory Closed Captioning For Every Television Station Together, we can provide a better, more informed, and inclusive viewing experience for American Sign Language users.