Petition To Officially Recognize American Sign Language Reaches Threshold For White House Response

Lexington School for the Deaf

FE_DA_121211_asl425x283Nationalize Twinkies. Construct a Death Star. Name a worldwide appreciation day for Michael Jackson.  The petitions flooding the White House’s “We The People” website have  become increasingly gag-oriented or unlikely to be taken seriously by  the administration.

But a recent petition that has crossed the threshold needed for an official White House response may be different.

A petition to officially recognize American Sign Language  as a “community language” and a “language of instruction in schools”  has collected more than 27,000 signatures in less than a month.  Petitions need to reach 25,000 signatures before the White House will  officially issue a response.

ASL, the language used by the deaf community, has recently gained recognition  as a foreign language in some states, meaning students can take it as  credit for a foreign language. Adrean Clark, a Minnesota-based deaf  cartoonist who created the petition, says foreign language recognition  is…

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