Another interesting topic arose and lots of people wonder if ASL is used only for Deaf or hard of hearing people. ASL or sign language can be used by anyone - deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, autistic, baby, teens, elderly - anyone interested in communicating in another visual language.
It's useful for hearing people in settings such as:
Bartenders and customers no longer have to lean over to shout in each other's ears in a noisy bar.
Scuba Divers can have fully expressive conversations in ASL and not limited to scuba gestures.
Construction workers no longer have to shout and/or use limited gestures to give important instructions.
Doomsday Preppers can stealthily communicate in ASL (or sign language) so intruders cannot eavesdrop.
Parents and babies can efficiently communicate with each with ease instead of guessing what their cries or tantrums means.
Militants, Police Force, Firemen, Paramedics can all use ASL with each other and for Deaf folks.
People who work with animals intimately, can use ASL to clearly give visual cues.
Patients who have had a serious invasive surgeries and cannot communicate with their mouths due to tubes - can sign to doctors or nurses to clearly communicate. Very important!
The list can go on and on of how useful ASL is for our societies in this world.
Who else do you think can learn ASL?