Everyone here spoke sign language
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

In one of the most amazing examples of inclusion in American history, an abled majority learned to sign to accommodate a deaf minority. From the 1600s to the 1950s when it died out, Martha's Vineyard sign language was a second language that everyone in town used in everyday situations. It was also a precursor to American Sign Language (ASL)

What were the factors that led to this utopia? How did signing become an integral part of life, something that everyone knew as a life skill, like fishing or planting crops?

Hosted by Claudio Luis Vera from IxDA Miami


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