STAUNTON â Students at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind raised their arms and shook their hands, signing clapping, as Gov. Bob McDonnell, signed a bill Monday validating their language in Virginia public schools.
“American Sign Language is the language of our students,” said VSDB superintendent Nancy Armstrong. “It’s the language we believe in.”
McDonnell signed HB1435, proposed by Del. Richard P. “Dickie” Bell, R-Staunton, stating that ASL will be considered a foreign language and will have the same weight as any other foreign language course taught in schools.
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