Ten fun & practical ways to use Sign Language in your everyday life!

1. Sign to your friends across a room, office, nightclub, in the next car, across a football field, under water!

2. It is important for the friends and families of the 28 million deaf and hard-of-hearing in North America to learn to Sign.

3. People with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down Syndrome often have Sign as their first language.

4. Moms whose kids have Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning disabilities find Sign Langauge to be helpful.

5. Senior citizens and accident/stroke survivors who've lost their voice or their hearing can use their hands to talk.

6. Workers can communicate across a field, warehouse, or next to noisy machinery.

7. Students can choose ASL as their foreign language requirement (like Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken).

8. In high-stress situations, experienced by EMT's - emergency medical staff - firefighters, police officers, Sign Language can be an important, silent, ovbious or hidden communication tool.

9.
Animal trainers for entertainment shows and zoos are using formal Sign - did you know the famous gorillas Koko and Washoo communicate in Sign? They know almost 1,000 words!

10. It is now common knowledge that signing to hearing babies increases their vocabulary, gives them better conceptual skills, and helps them avoid the terrible twos. ALSO, babies can then communicate their feelings by signing, months before they can even speak!