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!
Amy Huff says
Thank you for supporting Why I Sign campaign! I just found your blog, and right away found similarities. My husband and daughter are also deaf. I am doing my best to learn ASL and encourage our extended family members and friends to do the same. I am excited to get to know you through your blog 🙂
Welcome Amy, Would love to get to know you more. Feel free to hunt me down on my personal FB page. I am always happy to get to know other Deaf mamas.
Jessica C. says
I would love for my daughters to learn to sign. I’d try to learn along with them.
Deborah D says
I had a friend in college and her parents were both deaf. I wish I knew sign.
Amber Ludwig says
My mother is on the verge of going deaf due to repeat ear drum rupture and ear infections throughout her life. Tubes as a kid would have probably saved her but now she id beyond the point of repair!! So learning sign language and helping her to learn is going to be a big deal for us over the next few years.