Sign Language Today
Today, ASL is thriving and is the fourth most studied language on campuses. Sign language has held its value and place in deaf education. Parents of deaf children have multiple choices in education. The Deaf community and its culture are holding fast with their consistent tenacity. The deaf population who were part of the 1960s rubella epidemic are active adults and contributing to the everyday economy. All of this brings us right back to the points discussed in Chapter 1, namely, the need in society today for people who are familiar with sign language. History has shown there will always be a need for the use of sign language. ASL will, therefore, remain a thriving, constantly evolving language. In addition, it will always be a language that enriches the lives of all those who become involved with its use.