A woman that is deaf started a petition asking the government to recognize American Sign Language as an official language. Among other benefits, this would lend deaf children around the country better access to learning sign language. Further, a positive response from the Obama administration would serve to mitigate some of the stigma surrounding being deaf in the United States. The petition gained over 29,000 signatures from supporters all across the nation in under a month.
The woman that began this petition says of the matter, “For more than a hundred years, American Sign Language (ASL) has been persecuted as a ‘lesser’ language… today, ASL is still considered ‘foreign’ and not given the respect and protection it needs.”
Many individuals do not realize that there are citizens all across the country — in New Jersey and elsewhere — that face an untold struggle every day. Many feel that their plight is not understood or even recognized. In the struggle for this recognition, there is further a struggle to provide for themselves because they are unable to work and earn a living.
For some individuals in New Jersey that qualify under certain illnesses, conditions or disabilities, benefits are available to assist in maintaining a livelihood. However, it can be difficult to secure these necessary benefits. There are different avenues available depending on an individual’s age, work history and the severity of their circumstances. Speaking with an experienced attorney can greatly aid an individual in New Jersey in their pursuit of benefits in a timely manner. Further, with the efforts of individuals like the woman that started the petition detailed above, more individuals may begin to understand the plight of their neighbors.
Source: Disability Scoop, “White House to Respond to Disability Petition,” Michelle Diament, Dec. 19, 2012
- Our firm has experience assisting individuals in New Jersey secure disability benefits. For more information on this matter, please refer to our Newark disability page.