Sign Language: Learning to speak without words

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Sign Language: Learning to speak without words

The 2018-2019 ASL Club poses for a group photo.

The 2018-2019 ASL Club poses for a group photo.

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The 2018-2019 ASL Club poses for a group photo.

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The 2018-2019 ASL Club poses for a group photo.

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One of the many unique electives students can choose at BAHS is ASL (American Sign Language), which allows students to learn and connect to a community and culture outside of their own.  In fact, the deaf community greatly encourages the learning of sign language. 

Ashley Rupp is one of the two teachers at BAHS who teaches sign to students. Before Rupp started teaching students at BA she taught deaf and hard of hearing students from pre-school all the way up to high school, she then taught her children sign language.  

“The Deaf community loves it when anyone learns to sign,” Rupp said. “They can not learn our language but we can learn theirs. It widens their circle, gives them more people  to talk to, more experiences to have.” 

For some students, this class is a way for them to communicate with loved ones and family members.

“My little sister, Ani, is deaf,” said sophomore Hope Wells, “I already know a bit of  ASL, but I do need to get better at it.” 

For some, the class helps them learn how to communicate with others that have trouble communicating verbally.

“I decided to take ASL as a class because I work with special needs kids,”  sophomore Conner Harris said. “One is mute, one is deaf. ASL is a great way to communicate without words.”

Even if students don’t take the class, learning a little sign goes a long way with communication. A way students can learn some sign is by attending the ASL Club, which is held every Wednesday, and anyone can join.

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