(Name credited to Malachy for a more search friendly title.)
This thread is for people interested in ASL (American Sign Language) and deaf culture. I myself am not deaf, but am heavily interested in the way they do things, the way they communicate, and how they adapt to the regular world.
To avoid unnecessary questions, I will post what is likely to be asked and my answer to them:
Q: Why American Sign Language?
A: Because I'm American and it's similar enough to other variations.
Q: Why did you make this thread?
A: I have always been mildly interested with sign language and deaf people, but then I saw this poem written by a deaf person. This is what inspired me to start learning sign language and attempting to spread it to others.
Q: If you're not deaf, why bother learning sign language?
A: It's good to put on your resume, it's an interesting skill, and it helps you communicate to people that would otherwise be extremely difficult to understand. In addition to this, you can communicate without a phone or amplifier from large distances, and communicate underwater.
Q: Why put this thread on Newgrounds?
A: Simple. Most of the users on NG are young or potentially influential. If this club succeeds, I'm hoping for this to make a large impact in the hearing community, and expanding the deaf community.
Q: If we can't sign to each other, why bother?
A: We can post discussion and resources about our experiences, and videos on learning sign language.
Q: What is this thread about?
A: 1.) Sign language (Mostly ASL)
2.) Deaf culture
-Respect the deaf
-Respect the members of this club. I don't care about personal problems on other forums or outside of this thread, in here we are all friends.
-Try to be productive
Youtube.com (Search ASL songs or lessons.)
Signing savvy is a great visual resource for words.
alldeaf.com is a forum to talk to deaf, hard of hearing, and sign language using people.
Feel free to post other useful links, tips, and stories.