ASL developed naturally over time and it has all of the same features as other languages would. This is the first language for many deaf people living in North America. With that you can tell ASL is not brand new in fact it is almost 200 years old.
Throughout history sign language has become so familiar that now people can communicate with long complicated stories and ASL has been used between groups of people who do not even speak the same language.
Nine out of ten Deaf infants are born to hearing parents who will take them straight to receive implant surgery to repair their hearing.
If children who don't succeed with implants to repair their hearing then signing can assure a child has a language to use.
There are over 840 common signs beginners can learn and understand to begin the learning of the language. There are 40 standard hand shapes to help you on your path to becoming fluent.