Tom Willard, Deaf stand up comedian describes communication barriers.
My friend showed me this video of a stand up comedy piece by Tom Willard. It humorously details some of assumptions hearing people make about Deaf people and the tricky situations those assumptions can create.
(Video with Sim Com and English with CC available.)
Because it shows up in the beginning of the video, please note, the Deaf community largely prefers to the term "hard of hearing" and many take offense to the term "hearing impaired"
Thank you for sharing this Usagiboy7! It's very inspirational and I love videos like this. I remember posts asking if sign language will be on Duolingo, and now that I see this, and the other post on how to say Duolingo with sign language, I'm hoping it will eventually come on this site.
ASL on Duolingo would be a dream come true! If Luis ever gives me the company, it'll be the very next project on the list. ;)
ASL would be great, but I think the main reason [apart from the logistics of teaching non-word based languages] is that every country has a different sign language. ASL will definitely appeal to the broadest spectrum of English speakers, but, for example, here in Australia we have AUSLAN, in the UK they have BSL, in Germany they have Deutsche Gebärdensprache etc. However, despite all this, I would definitely like to learn some sign language and get a glimpse into a different system of communicating that is used by many people on a daily basis!
I would not have limited it to just ASL. ASL would just have been the alpha test course for the interface adjustments. Just as Duolingo has pursued many non-Sign Language courses, I would love for there to be multiple Sign Languages courses on Duolingo. :)