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Master ASL! Level one By Jason E. Zinza Focus: The Deaf and Hearing World “Society Regards the deaf as unfortunate. Is this general opinion not largely due to self- regard. Which makes us pity them the more for being unable to understand what we are saying?” - Nicholas Sebastian Roche de Chamfort Do you recall your first encounter with a deaf person or sign language? Did you watch Deaf individuals signing to each other? Were you offered a card with the ASL alphabet on it by a deaf peddler? Did you have a Deaf neighbor or relative? For many people today, initial exposure to the Deaf community and ASL comes from seeing Deaf characters and sign language on television, the movies, or the theatre. From television commercials to comedies, Deaf actors in particular continue to expose the American public to the unique culture and language of the Deaf world. From Marlee Martlin appearing on “Seinfeld” to the 2003 Broadway hit musical Big River, the Deaf world is no longer hidden from the hearing public. This interaction between the Deaf and Hearing worlds was not always the case. For many
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