American Sign Language Increases Deaf Awareness and Touches Hearts

An American sign language happy birthday to a deaf custodian

An American sign language happy birthday to a deaf custodian
A class of kindergarteners in Tullahoma Tennessee wanted to surprise their Deaf school custodian Anthony James by wishing him a very happy 60th birthday in American sign language | Photo Credits HearingLikeMe
More and more people are learning American Sign Language to be able to communicate with their loved ones or friendly strangers to make someone’s day. There are many great stories to tell. Check out how these stories have an impact on the Deaf community and make a difference in people’s lives.

Meteorologist Goes Viral After Using American Sign Language in a Forecast

The meteorologist Mikayla Smith signed using American Sign Language during her forecast about an Oklahoma winter storm. She wanted to make forecasting more accessible to the Deaf community and inspire future meteorologists. Smith launched a forecast featuring American Sign Language called “Signing Science with Smith.” Smith has a soft spot for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. When Smith was young, she got her passion for American Sign Language from her mom when she went to college for special education. She learned American Sign Language in middle school and continued to learn American Sign Language through her senior year. She felt that social media lacked Deaf accessibility, such as closed captions, so she decided to incorporate American Sign Language into her meteorology forecast and increase the accessibility for Deaf people. Smith mentioned, “I was expecting, maybe, you know, a couple of likes and shares, and I was absolutely blown away. I’m going to continue to post things on social media and my YouTube page and TikTok.” Smith said she has already had dozens of meteorologists reach out to her, wanting to learn ASL and asking where to start. She hopes her social media presence will be a starting place for others to come and learn a few signs here or there.

Toddler Interprets for Deaf Dad Using Sign Language

A couple consisting of a Deaf father and a hearing mother share on social media their story of raising their hearing daughter. They use their social media to post about how they raise their daughter through hearing and talking using American Sign Language. Their one-year-old hearing daughter interpreted “crying” to her Deaf dad Zachary they were in a supermarket. The mom Courtney luckily captured this beautiful moment of their daughter using sign language.

Waitress Learn Sign Language Online and Signs Happy Birthday to Deaf Boy

Two waitresses learned to sign ‘happy birthday’ in American Sign Language from a Youtube video for a four-year-old boy at Texas Roadhouse in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Their heartwarming video went viral. This boy named Octavius Mitchell Jr. has been hearing-impaired since he was born and was out with his mom and uncle to celebrate turning four years old. Kathryn Marasco – one of the waitresses who was working that night – said she saw that the boy’s mom, Shatika Dixon, was using sign language for her son. Kathryn approached another waitress, Brandie White, who studies speech-language pathology and audiology at Middle Tennessee State University, asking if she knew how to sign ‘happy birthday.’ Together, they learned the ASL sign and wish Octavius a very happy birthday.

A Young Girl Learns Sign Language To Deliver a Heart-Warming Message To Her Deaf Delivery Driver

An eight-year-old girl named Tallulah often saw her delivery driver Tim Joseph during COVID. Tallulah drew Tim a picture of a rainbow as a way to thank him and show her appreciation for the work he does. That is when Tallulah found out he was Deaf, and she decided to learn to sign “have a good day” in Sign Language. After a bit of practice, she was able to communicate her message “have a good day ” in a way that meant quite a bit more than the usual pleasantry. Tallulah’s mom, Amy Roberts, caught the interaction on camera. In response to Tallulah’s greeting, Joseph was surprised and taught her how to say “good morning” in sign language, which Tallulah happily and very quickly learned. Joseph told the BBC, “I was very happy, and I then showed Tallulah how to sign, ”good morning, have a good day,” and then she signed it perfectly, and it absolutely made my day.”

Strictly fans ‘adore’ Giovanni Pernice as he learns American Sign Language for Rose Ayling-Ellis

Giovanni Pernice, who is a member of the Strictly gang, learns Sign Language for his dance partner Rose Ayling-Ellis. She was an actress in a British TV show called EastEnders, and she was the first deaf person to ever compete in Strictly. Interviewing the dancing couple after they had been confirmed as making it through to next week’s show, Claudia Winkleman said: “Giovanni, you have been learning so much signing. Can you give us a taste, please?” Rose then tested Giovanni’s skills by getting him to sign words such as commitment, focus, quick, slow, and improvement. A fan commented, “Rose and Giovanni are just the cutest partnership ever to grace us on the show! I love how he is learning sign language. She’s so sweet, and her personality is just a joy.”

Kindergarteners surprise a Deaf custodian by signing Happy Birthday!

A class of kindergarteners in Tullahoma, Tennessee, wanted to surprise their Deaf school custodian, Anthony James, by wishing him a very happy 60th birthday in sign language! All the kids lined up in the front of the classroom, and when he walked in, the kids started signing “happy birthday” to him. Anthony James was elated and totally delighted to see the kids signing just for him. Mr. James was touched, to say the least. “He was overwhelmed with it. It just was a spur-of-the-moment thing, and they just did it. He had his hands over his face. In the end, he was tearing up. It just touched him,” Hickerson Elementary secretary Bonnie Scott said in a phone interview with McClatchy. “Mr. James teaches the kids sign language every now and then, teaches them good manners and how to treat other people,” Jimmy Anderson, Hickerson Elementary school principal, said to NowThis News.

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