10 ASL signs all police officers should learn
10 (really 16 though) American Sign Language signs all police officers should learn. :)
- Registration, License (two signs)
- Drug, Smoking, Drinking (three signs)
- Calm down
- Deaf, Hard of hearing (two signs)
- Notepad, Interpreter (two signs)
Not necessarily just the USA. ASL is used in USA, Canada, some countries in Africa, and... I can't recall where else. I don't have videos with signs for places other than those that use ASL. But, if others do, I encourage them to make discussions for them. If they do, I'll link them in the OP here. ^_^
Didn't know that - thanks! I incorrectly assumed that Canadian Sign Language would be a thing. :-)
I was suprised by the number of words that seem driving related. In the UK the deaf people I knew didn't drive, but that's partly because of good levels of public transport, and it avoids things like siren detectors etc. I guess it is much more common in other countries like the USA.
I looked through AI-Media's YouTube channel under their ASL video playlist, but couldn't find this one. I may have overlooked it though.
Oh! Also, for those interested, AI-Media on Youtube as videos for BSL and Auslan too. Maybe a few others are represented as well. I can't recall off the top of my head.
Devokan, the sign this person you've linked above is using for "drugs" is the sign for "medicine" where I live. I've never seen it used with the connotation of illicit drug use. It could be a regional variation, or could be my lack of exposure to ASL.
I recognize their sign in "arrested" as being included as part of the sign for "free" (if I remember correctly). So, I could see how it might also be used in the sign for arrested.
Just like any other language, there is variation from place to place. The deaf and hard of hearing people I know usually know a few different versions of a sign, sort of like how in English I know several synonyms. (That's not a perfect comparison of course. regional variations aren't necessarily synonyms.)
I am a hearing person, and if a deaf or hard of hearing person contradicts me, go with what they say. I am certainly not a spokesperson. And, my knowledge is very limited. :)