The power of sign language. This past spring I visited Jamaica on a service trip. While there I met a wonderful deaf lady. Through the use of sign language I found out that she had been unable to communicate with anyone for many years since no one else in the nursing home she was in knew sign language. In fact, because of the great poverty in Kingston, Jamaica, volunteers often came in and out and very few people even knew she was deaf. Because she was unable to communicate she was very lonely, being treated badly for being defiant (but all she knew was that other people were angry with her), and was forced to eat food that made her sick. Signing with her was the highlight of my trip and definitely one of the most life-changing moments I have ever had. Knowing sign language was a skill I took for granted, but now I know that it may help me change lives.
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