Demand an improvement to children's education and learning

  • by: David Witty
  • recipient: The Fred Rogers Company-Public Broadcasting Service's

While my son does not have any learning disabilities (fortunately), there are many children today that are born with learning disabilities (Downs Syndrome, Autism etc.) and it has been proven that teaching ASL (American Sign Language) to children from the time of their birth on, enables them (the children) to learn to communicate better and quicker.
The odds are that each of us knows at least one individual with a learning disability. While I have witnessed educational programming include such things as children with disabilities (using crutches, wheel chairs, or other learning aids) I would like to see basic ASL (mom, dad, please, thank you, sorry etc.) included in children's programs such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street.
I have elected to teach my son ASL as a primary second language, as the odds are that he will know at least one other child in his lifetime that has a learning disability. In addition it has been proven that teaching ASL helps to foster better and quicker learning in children. At the same time teaching ASL helps to foster tolerance and understanding in our children that while we are not all alike we all can learn given the opportunity.
With best wishes and Peace and One Love to all peoples everywhere.

Update #55 years ago
I'm nearing the end of this petition, a universal language (the sign for mom, dad etc. is the same in every language) that can't get support saddens me. I ask that each of you plz share this 1 more time. Peace and One Love...
Update #45 years ago
So it seems I have hit a brick wall with gaining signatures for this petition. I would like to ask that any that partake of the Daily Action to please request that this petition get recognition. Just copy and paste the link Your support is greatly appreciated. Peace and One Love...
Update #35 years ago
I would like to take the time 2day to thank ea. of you for your aid in making this a possibility. It's April 2nd (my son & my Birthday), our B-day wish is that you could all plz forward, include in emails and share the link to this petition so as to help make it a reality. Peace and One Love...
Update #26 years ago
We are about a tenth of the way to my goal (99 signatures at this time) of 1000. Thank you all for the support and for all the many signers from around the world. Please continue to support this cause and attach the link to all your emails and if possible please re-post on Facebook and Twitter. We can make a difference and improve all of our lives and the lives of future generations. Peace and One Love...
Update #16 years ago
While I have been promoting this issue I can use as much continued support getting this out there to achieve the goal. Peace and One Love...
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