The first formal sign language was developed my Charles Michel de l'Eppe in the 1700's. He was an educator of 18th century France who became known as the "Father of the Deaf".
l'Eppe believed that deaf people were capable of language and concluded that they should be able to receive education. He dedicated himself to the education of the deaf and he founded a school in 1760, called the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets a Paris (National Institute for Deaf-Mutes in Paris).
What is sign language and why do we use it?
Sign language is a system of communication using visual gestures and signs used by deaf people.
Signing is not just about hand gestures, but facial expressions and body language, too!
Sign language is very important as it is how many deaf people communicate and build relationships. The more people who can use sign language, the more inclusive society can be !
Who uses sign language?
When someone is deaf or has hearing difficulties they learn sign language to communicate with others
There are more than 300 different sign languages in the world!!
Did you know sign language orginated 200+ years ago!!!!
There are different types of sign language used in different regions, as there is no universal sign language