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ASL 300 level classes at University of Washington

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To Whom it may Concern, We would like to request that ASL 301/302/303 be offered at UW. There are a few reasons that we would really like this to be offered: 1) The ASL 200 series only just begins to scratch the surface of ASL; we would love to have the option to continue developing our skills in an educational setting. 2) Locally, 300 level ASL classes are rare; there are little to no options for us to continue our ASL education past the 200 level. 3) For any UW student hoping to go to graduate school at Gallaudet, a certain level of ASL proficiency must be attained and 300 level classes would aid in meeting those requirements. 4) Offering 300 level ASL classes would give us more equal access to advanced classes in our foreign language of choice - an option that many other foreign language students at UW have. 5) To top it all off, many of us are just extremely passionate about ASL and we want to learn more, we want to improve as signers and grow in our understanding of both the Deaf and hearing communities. Language is the primary barrier between Deaf people and hearing people; offering 300 level ASL classes would help us, the students, do our part to break this barrier down and increase access for the Deaf community. The students that take the ASL 300 series would be better equipped to make businesses Deaf-friendly, which is excellent for Seattle since Seattle has a large Deaf community.

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