20% Semester Final
Sign Language- Jade Barlage
I chose this topic because working as a CNA I have already seen how language barriers affect patient care. I want to use this project as a personal goal to raise awareness about language barriers and work on decreasing the gap.
Sign Language Alphabet/ Facts
History of the Language
Aristotle was the first to have a claim recorded about the deaf. His theory was that people can only learn through hearing spoken language. Deaf people were therefore seen as being unable to learn or be educated at all. Therefore, they were denied even their fundamental rights. In some places, they weren't permitted to buy property or marry. Some were even forced to have guardians. The law had them labeled as "non-persons". Aristotle's claim was disputed in Europe during the Renaissance. Scholars were attempting to educate deaf persons for the first time and prove the 2,000 year old beliefs wrong. This mark in the history of sign language is what started the creation of a signed language.
Abbe Charles Michel de L'Epee established the first public free deaf school in 1771. In English, the school is known as the National Institute for Deaf-Mutes.
Early man, before spoken language, probably used gesture. They most likely pointed and created signs for those things they couldn't talk about. Early man was probably the first inventors and users of the most basic sign language.
The first person to use a basic sign language was probably early man. The first to use a more complex sign language to communicate is deaf people. Abbe Charles Michel de L'Epee invented French Sign Language. Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet invented American Sign Language. There are different sign languages used around the world. They have all come about because of the necessity for the language, communication, and education of deaf people. Sign language has been created due to a natural process and the fact that it is the natural language for the deaf.
The history of American Sign Language really started in 1814 with Dr. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.