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What is Sign Language?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

American Sign Language is a language system that uses visual cues, such as hand position, movement, gestures, and facial expressions, to communicate. Primarily used by people with hearing impairment, American Sign Language ranks fourth in the United States for commonly used languages. People can express themselves as differently and with just as much personality in American Sign Language as can someone in spoken English.

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