Students Celebrate International Week of the Deaf

Renee Geary signs to two students in ASL class.

High school students in Renee Geary's ASL II class at FSDB learned about International Week of the Deaf, an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf that is celebrated annually by the global deaf community during the last full week of September.

The ASL II class syllabus includes coverage of ASL grammar rules, noun-verb pairs, classifiers, regional and cultural variations, poetry, and storytelling. Lessons also cover the five areas of Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities as part of Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for world languages.

During the cultural component, students learned about the WFD, International Week of the Deaf, and how the WFD works to promote the human rights of deaf people worldwide. The annual celebration of International Week of the Deaf includes International Day of Sign Languages, celebrated each year on September 23rd. The goal of this second initiative is to raise awareness of and strengthen the status of sign languages used across the globe.

Two students learning about different sign languages.ent

Student watching a YouTube video on the differences between Danish and American Sign Language.

Watch a video explaining both international observances by Josiah Roberson and Kristen Martinez Soriano.

Originally from El Salvador, Kristen Martinez Soriano and her family moved to Ft. Lauderdale when she was eight years old. Previously she went to a deaf school in her home country and used Spanish sign language. When she enrolled as a sixth-grade day student at FSDB, her family relocated to Palm Coast. Now a high school sophomore and residing in the honor dormitory, Kristen loves being at FSDB and is more confident in her use of ASL. She is actively involved in the volleyball, cheerleading, and track teams, and is Class of 2022 Sergeant at Arms.