Happy National ASL Day!

securedownloadToday is more than just national tax day.

It’s also national take a wild guess day, national library workers day, national rubber eraser day, and national glazed spiral ham day (seriously, glazed spiral ham gets a whole day?!). But all that will have to take a back seat for the moment, because we’re giving the spotlight to the newest addition to the April 15 festivities! A mere 197 years after the first American deaf school opened, April 15th, 2014 has been selected as National ASL Day!

“Modern ASL was born when those students intermixed Native American Signs, French Sign Language, Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language, and home signs,” read a press release explaining the new holiday. “We want to honor our roots and continue passing down ASL to future generations!” Read more here

The internet is buzzing with some great ways to get in on the celebration, so we’ve rounded up our favorite participation ideas:

We celebrate this beautiful language every day, but we’re glad the rest of the nation is right in step today! Happy National ASL Day!

 

2 thoughts on “Happy National ASL Day!

  1. Oh my gosh! How did I miss this holiday?? I’m usually so on top of obscure holidays, and I love ASL! Thank you so much for posting it! Hope you had a great National ASL day!

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