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Less educational courses offered in Sign Language

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(WBNG) -- September is National Deaf Awareness Month, and for the Deaf and hearing-impaired community, the language that is most commonly used to communicate is not being taught as much.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, it is estimated that 1 in 10 Americans live with some degree of hearing loss, and over 2.2 Million are considered Deaf.

Aimee Dixon is a professor of Linguistics at Binghamton University. She says when learning communication forms such as American Sign Language, it's not just about the physical hand motions.

"We teach people to sign, we teach people to go about and learn about their culture and it really makes for a better world experience for all deaf and all deaf community and culture."

Dixon says for a number of reasons there is a high need for people in the community to learn sign language. If you are interested in taking up American Sign Language, Dixon says Community Colleges are a good place to look. She says schools such as SUNY Broome offer courses to the public to get a great introduction to the language itself and the culture.

Alex Ladstatter

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