Today I am excited to share with you a very important campaign called #WhyISign. This video campaign was created by Stacy Abrams in order to encourage and support the families of Deaf children to consider ASL an important part of their deaf child’s identity. The campaign has been going on for a few months now but they are doing a 48 hour push, asking individuals to post their own #WhyISign videos.
As a parent to a Deaf child, I fully support the use of ASL as the native language given to all deaf children. I believe that ASL and Deaf Culture can only enhance a child’s life, giving them the opportunity to be both bi-lingual and bi-cultural.
So… Why do I sign?
Hi! #WHYISIGN My name is Melanie Somnitz. Just to let you know I am a hearing person. I am also an interpreter. Why do I sign? I sign to show my appreciation for the Deaf community that taught me ASL, that emphasized the importance of Deaf culture, language and identity. I sign to serve the Deaf community. I sign because my husband is Deaf. I sign because my son is Deaf. I sign because my in-laws are Deaf. I sign because it is important. I sign because I support the Deaf community. I sign for you, Thank you.
Want to see more videos? Just search for the #WhyISign hashtag and watch all the amazing stories unfold right before your eyes!