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Sign Language Diversity

Did you know there’s no universal sign language? Each country, like the U.S. with ASL and the U.K. with BSL, has its own. In fact, there are an estimated 300 sign languages that are currently in use worldwide.  

There is ‘International Sign’, which is not a full language but a cross-cultural communication method and is used globally at events like the Deaflympics. While more Western-friendly, it’s not as clear to those from Africa and Asia. Still, it shows how sign languages adapt for shared understanding.



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