Instructor: Lettie Switzer, Director of Golden Slipper Gems in Bucks County
American Sign Language is a unique language with its own grammar, history, and story, and is not merely “English on the hands”. How did it come to be? How did it end up at the center of a national fight over how to educate deaf students? In what ways has it flourished to create unique art forms and created what is known as “Deaf culture”? Why do some who consider themselves to be part of the “Deaf World” reject the use of technologies such as cochlear implants, especially for children? In these sessions, Lettie Switzer will dive into these questions, sharing her own story of raising a deaf child as well as sharing interviews, documentary clips, and artistic performances that shed light on some of these questions, showing the amazing beauty and complexity of ASL, as well as the fight for its survival.