[sw-l] Who uses ASL?

dparvaz at MAC.COM dparvaz at MAC.COM
Mon Jan 24 01:35:20 UTC 2005

Hm. The only reference I can find to a "Progreso" is at the University
of Costa Rica, which at least looks like it's honoring Costa Rican SL
(LESCO). Could there be another one?


On Jan 23, 2005, at 8:14 PM, James Shepard-Kegl, Esq. wrote:

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