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:
- Teach your co-workers 10 ASL words. Sign savvy with this ASL dictionary.
- Read about the American School for the Deaf. Go ahead, enrich your mind!
- Celebrate this unique heritage. Tell your own story.
- Spread the word about the first Deaf African to earn a PhD in linguistics. Exciting!
- Follow all the #aslday on Facebook. Hashtag ASL!
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!