Autism Advocacy Network

Autism Sign Language

There are many ways to communicate, and for people with autism, sign language may be the best for those with autism who cannot speak. Autism is a neurological disorder that can cause communication difficulties. Many people with autism have difficulty understanding spoken language and may also have trouble using spoken language to communicate. For people with autism, sign language can be a very effective form of communication.

There are many different ways to learn sign language. There are classes that people can take, and there are also many resources that are available online. People with autism can also learn sign language from family and friends.

People with autism can use sign language to communicate in a variety of settings. They can use sign language at home, at school, at work, and in the community. Sign language can be a very effective form of communication for people with autism.

In the United States, approximately 1 in every 34 children is born deaf or hard-of-hearing. That’s a lot of kids who need to communicate using sign language but when you also add the 1 in 55 with autism who may also need to learn sign language it’s even more! If you’re interested in learning how to communicate using sign language, there are a few things you need to know.

First, it’s important to find a good teacher. There are a number of ways to do this, including taking classes at a local community college or online. You can also find a private tutor, or even join a sign language club.
Once you’ve found a good teacher, it’s important to practice, practice, practice! You won’t become fluent in sign language overnight, but the more you use it, the better you’ll become at using it.

It can also be helpful to immerse yourself in the sign language community. This can be done by attending events, such as conferences or workshops, and by joining online forums or social media groups. Video chatting with others online using tools like Zoom may also be a great way to practice and learn sign language.
If you’re serious about learning sign language, there’s no reason you can’t become fluent. Just remember to find a good teacher, practice often, and immerse yourself in the community.

History of Sign Language

The use of sign language is thought to date back thousands of years. One of the earliest recorded examples is from the 5th century BC, when the Greek philosopher Democritus wrote about a form of communication used by people who could not hear.

One of the most important moments in the history of sign language occurred in 1814, when deaf education pioneer Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet met a young deaf girl named Alice Cogswell. Gallaudet was so impressed by Alice’s intelligence and potential that he devoted his life to the development of sign language and the education of deaf people.

Today, there are many different sign languages used around the world. Some sign languages, such as American Sign Language (ASL), have their own grammatical rules and are used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing in many different countries. Other sign languages, such as British Sign Language (BSL), are specific to one country.

The use of sign language has come a long way since the days of Democritus. Thanks to the efforts of people like Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, deaf people today have a much greater opportunity to communicate and participate in society.


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