Yes, American Sign Language (ASL) is really a language.
Sign language originated in the American School for Deaf in the early 1800’s. Sign language is very important to Deaf people.
Some think deafness is a disability but many deaf people see it as a culture. Many in the Deaf culture, when asked if they’d rather be hearing would say no because being deaf isn’t as bad as people might think.
Ironically 90% deaf people have hearing parents. People are probably thinking, how is that even possible? Well, it usually happens when the child is in the mother’s womb and illness such as rubella and herpes can cause a child to be born deaf.
Also, ototoxic drugs can damage the baby’s hearing system before it’s actually born.
There are anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 deaf and hearing users of ASL throughout the United States.