1. Communication

The benefits of learning the language at an early age are numerous. It is used by:

  • hearing children of deaf parents,
  • hearing siblings and relatives of the deaf,
  • hearing adults who are becoming deaf and are learning ASL from other deaf individuals, and
  • a growing population of hearing, second-language students learning ASL in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary classrooms.

2. Culture

Studying this language promotes better awareness of and sensitivity to the deaf and hard of hearing community. As someone proficient, you will develop a strong appreciation for deaf culture, and you can promote understanding and acceptance of the language among others.

3. Career Opportunities from Learning Signs

One especially exciting career path open to bilingual hearing professionals is interpretation. There is a great need to increase the availability of qualified interpreters in the community and mainstream programs in schools and colleges/universities. Some places interpreters are in demand include hospitals, courts, governmental agencies, community activities, and local, county, and state legislatures. (Leading with Language)