VA Schools Now Recognize ASL as a Language

Gallaudet University borders the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it wasn’t until this month that both High Schools and Colleges in VA can finally count ASL as a legit language.

Under a 1998 policy by the Virginia Department of Education, high school students could use American Sign Language classes to fulfill foreign language requirements to graduate. However, college admissions officials did not have to accept American Sign Language as a foreign language credit.

House Bill 1435 [passed in April 2011] says high schools must “count completion of an American Sign Language course toward the fulfillment of any foreign language requirement for graduation.” Moreover, such courses “shall be counted toward satisfaction of the foreign language entrance requirements of a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth.”

via The Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg Virginia > News > Law promoting American Sign Language okayed.

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