a High School Student from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ Bronx International HS
About this Project:
American Sign Language is a natural language that serves as the predominant sign language of Deaf communities in the United States and most of Anglophone Canada. In the United States, ASL is claimed to be the third most used language. ASL is a complete and organized visual language that is expressed by facial expression as well as movements and motions with the hands.
Learning American Sign Language will allow you to be able to thoroughly communicate with the deaf and allow the collapse of the language barrier that divides the hearing and deaf world. Today, around one million people use American Sign Language (ASL) as their main way to communicate, according to Communication Service for the Deaf. Used by the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, as well as those with communication disorders, in recent years it has received more resources and attention both online and in popular culture.
● Create a program for all students to learn American sign language.
● Students that take these classes will be able to help more people around them.
● This language can be used in emergency situations.
● This program also can be counted as an extra credit/extracurricular activity.
● The American sign language can be added to “Language classes”.
● Make this language a skill that everyone can have.
Sarah Judd 👏 Curriculum Manager at AI4ALL — Emoti-Con Judge
It's great that your pitch begins with stats that explain why this project is important! Using data is a great way to get people to see an issue; this is how we started to get people interested in teaching CS in schools. I appreciate that you offer an actionable solution to the problem. Do you have a plan for sourcing teachers?
Joey Raiton 👏 Education Modernization Team Head of Design at Meta — Emoti-Con Judge
Nicole – what a SUPER strong idea that I feel could really make a different in the American education system! Way to find a niche area that people often underestimate, supporting your fellow deaf community while also bringing attention to the benefits sign language can have for all people. I believe that the concept of encouraging students to take ASL as a language credit is an in-genius way to increase accessibility – as well as motivate generations to be fluent in a language they may have never before considered. I would recommend working closer with the deaf community to figure out how this course might work, and push your idea further by making a "sample lesson plan" that demonstrates to school districts what it might be like to sit through a year-long course centered around ASL. At my job working in education at Facebook, we create these "lesson plans" all the time using the free flow-making software "www.lucidchart.com," and I can see you doing the same. Keep up the wonderful work – can't wait to potentially see ASL be offered in schools in the future. 👍
Emily Gregor 👏 Content Lead at Fullstack Academy — Emoti-Con Judge
This is such a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing your project with us. I love how you're thinking about education and incorporating ASL for all grade levels to create a more accessible, empathetic, and safe environment for people who rely on the language to communicate. I'd love to see a more in-depth lesson plan to understand how the curriculum would change for each grade level. Would it be similar to how we teach Spanish or French, or would it look a little different? I could also see incorporating ASL into other subject areas as well to take a holistic approach. I'm excited to see the next iteration of this project and what you'll create next!
Max Kirkpatrick 👏 Software Engineer at Google — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a strong pitch! Your presentation’s Q&A format and use of statistics illustrate a clear demand for ASL education. It’s also apparent that you put a lot of thought into ways to encourage usage of this program (e.g. making it free, framing it as a way to help others, providing academic incentives). Great job!
Maggie Muldoon 👏 Senior Manager, Design League at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
What a great idea! I love how well thought out your information is, and how clear your plan is! Very good presentation and concept - I would love to see it become a reality!
Feedback from the Community:
E. A. 👏 a High School Student from BxIHS
Thank you for creating and sharing the awareness for our non verbal community about ASL.
Damaris 👏 a Teacher from NJ
I loved this idea. As an educator, this idea just hit so many points for me. Students can earn credit while learning a great skill and I believe this would keep them engaged. Great job!!!!