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Deaf Culture and American Sign Language

5/9/2013  8:00 am

girl with fingers to ear The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette recently visited Donald Lee Haring’s American Sign Language (ASL) class. He is an instructor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and teaches ASL to mostly hearing students. More than just a method of communication, ASL is part of the deaf culture—a community of people who share similar histories and life experiences. Matthew Dye, assistant professor in speech and hearing science also noted that, while every deaf person's experience is different, ASL is the central unifying theme for all members of deaf communities.” Read the News-Gazette article on ASL.