Monday, November 14, 2005

Advocacy Letter: ASL Classes In The Mainstream.

Here it is below, you can copy this letter and make a few adjustment then send it to your neighborhood principal urging them to have ASL classes. Feel free to comment on any revisions needed for this letter.

November 14, 2005

Pat Coxsey
Principal, Westside High School
2851 Heath Road
Macon, Georgia 31216

Dear Principal Coxsey,

I write to you to ask you to consider having American Sign Language as part of your school’s foreign language department.

American Sign Language also known as ASL is the fourth most used language in the United States. ASL has allowed the communication gap between the deaf community and the rest of the world to bridged. Interest in sign language continues to grow with more and more people wanting to learn this unique form of visual communication. Many colleges and universities offer sign language classes and a growing number of high schools are adopting this. Learning ASL takes time. It does not take five minutes or overnight. To pick up enough signs for basic communication and to sign them comfortably, without stiffness, can take one or two years.

It can make difference in your students’ lives and those of others. There are hundreds of job opportunities they can explore the possible careers as teachers, counselors, consultants, therapists, specialists, and interpreters for the Deaf.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information at Thank you for your time and consideration.



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