Petition To Officially Recognize American Sign Language Reaches Threshold For White House Response
December 21, 2012 Leave a comment
Nationalize 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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