Apparently, ASL (American Sign Language) is a very popular choice for kids to take at my son’s public school as their “Foreign Language”. So popular, that they do not guarantee any child can take it.
My son, AC , is in 6th grade now and mainstreamed. His school recently sent home a standard form for kids/parents to state preferences for class choices for next year. They made it clear to pick more than one option for Foreign Language, as there were no guarantee’s to get into your first choice. ASL is one of the most popular choices. A separate topic all together I’d like to explore more sometime…
We really wanted our son, AC, to take ASL as his “foreign language” next year since he’s hard of hearing. Is just makes sense and seems like an obvious placement for him, right? I mean, it’s not like he just WANTS to take ASL for the fun of it (although he does really want to take it, and thinks it will be fun). He has obvious good reasons for taking ASL rather than Italian or French, right? Well, like many things, I’ve learned that when you are dealing with a “mild-moderate” hearing loss – not much is obvious.
So, the school asked me to put in writing my request explaining why I was so adamant about him taking ASL, and return it with the form – and they would do their best to accommodate. So, here’s my letter and top reasons on WHY I think my son, or really any hard of hearing child, should take ASL for their Foreign Language…
I’m writing this letter regarding my son, AC, and his language preference for 7th grade. I understand that students will not necessarily get into the language preference that they want, and that is going to be assigned. I’m requesting that, if at ALL possible, AC be placed in ASL for his language due to the fact that he is hearing impaired.
As you know, AC has a mild/moderate bilateral hearing loss. He wears hearing aids, and is using the FM system in school. He’s having great success so far this year and we are thrilled with his progress. We look forward to his continuing in accelerated courses next year. Because of his hearing impairment, ASL would be the logical, most beneficial, and possibly essential, language for him to learn. I would really appreciate it if you would consider the following reasons/explanations for this request.
1) AC’s hearing loss could be progressive, and should he ever lose more of his hearing (which we hope will never happen – but is impossible to know for sure) he could really use adequate ASL skills in order Continue reading
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