The desire of students to learn sign language increases every year. It can be assumed that this is because more students are expressing interest in being able to communicate with others who are disabled. Not only is sign language a lifelong skill that students should not take for granted, it is also, its own dialect.
Those who suffer from being deaf and have impaired hearing should not be sheltered from communicating with the rest of their peers. Just because a portion of the population cannot hear or speak, does not mean that their form of communication should not advance along with the rest of the world. Sign language is how the hearing impaired express their feelings, contribute to a conversation, learn, and overall live their lives as normal as possible. Many high schools, colleges, and universities are introducing sign language classes into their course catalogs, and rightfully so. Being that it is 2016 and there are widespread pushes toward equality and inclusion, sign language should be included in this worldly push.
Sign language should be offered as either an elective, or language course. Although when learning and conducting sign language there is no speech involved, it is still a language of its own, and should be viewed as so. It is a form of communication, and is just as important as learning Spanish or French or any other language. Having sign language courses readily available to students will further enhance this push toward achieving complete inclusiveness.
The importance of sign language is gaining momentum, finally, and it is evident more people are seeing the need for it in today’s society. No one should be left in the dark, no matter what disabilities they may have. Also, it is an everlasting skill that can without a doubt make people more well-rounded. Learning the skill of sign language can also show the deaf community that they are not being forgotten, and they have the same access to communication with the rest of the world as anyone else, and that their voices should never be muted or disregarded.
Everyone deserves to have their voice heard, no matter the circumstances. With this being said, sign language is a two-way street. The deaf community needs to know it, along with everyone else around them. They must live in an environment and world that they feel can hear them and what they are trying to say at all times, and to all walks of life.