[sw-l] Who uses ASL?

James Shepard-Kegl, Esq. kegl at MAINE.RR.COM
Mon Jan 24 01:14:49 UTC 2005


I am informed that years ago Gallaudet was working with an organization
called Progreso (secular) whose objective was to spread ASL throughout the

To what extent that remains true today, if at all, I cannot say.

-- James

on 1/23/05 3:13 PM, dparvaz at MAC.COM at dparvaz at MAC.COM wrote:

> I can't be too sure, but Puerto Rico uses ASL *now*. My understanding
> is that a separate PRSL did exist but a school for the deaf set up by
> missionaries made short work of that. Unintentionally, of course. All
> I've seen of Singaporean SL makes it look identical to some kind of
> ASL.
> This has been an issue, particularly where Peace Corps volunteers have
> gone in to work with the Deaf. It's a combination of the volunteers not
> learning the autochthonous SL, combined with the locals wanting to
> learn a -- and I'm being ironic here -- "better" SL (meaning one that
> will give the access to US culture, life, etc.).
> Cheers,
> -Dan.
> On Jan 23, 2005, at 3:02 PM, Deaf Action Committee wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> January 23, 2005
>>> Hi, my name is Rachael Harris.  I read your email which stated that
>>> asl is only used in America and english speaking parts of Canada. 
>>> Well, for the past few years I have been living in the Dominican
>>> Republic and working among the deaf population there.  Asl is taught
>>> in all the schools there, the same as it is in America.  I was
>>> wondering if there are any other countries that use asl.  My friend
>>> and I are interested in going abroad to live and work among a deaf
>>> community in another country, but i'm not sure which other countries
>>> use asl.  Your reply will be greatly appreciated.  Thank-you.
>>> My email address is Islegirl_1980 at hotmail.com
>> Who uses ASL?
>> 1. USA
>> 2. English-speaking Canada
>> 3. Dominican Republic
>> Any more countries?...I need to know too, as well as Rachael
>> above...Val ;-)

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