In my area there is an extreme shortage of people who speak sign language and there are scarce services aiding hard of hearing individuals in an otherwise hearing world. This was all told to me by my ASL professor who is a full time professor, an interpreter, and a mother of three kids. She’s working constantly and tirelessly because she loves what she does and she wants to help demystify the deaf community and their culture. I can only imagine the load would be lifted if we were taught the language and culture in school.
Not only would adding it to the curriculum allow people to be better informed about the language, but it would also lessen the gap of miscommunication and discrimination of deaf individuals in a lot of walks of life.
I only really noticed this when my mother was able to communicate with a hard of hearing worker who was being yelled at by a customer because she couldn’t quite understand what she was asking for. The woman was so grateful to her for aiding her, but just think if we had learned the basics of sign then people would not only be more sensitive to these kinds of situations(then again people can assholes about anything), but they would maybe even be able to communicate on a basic level. At least. In addition, instances like this can put a deaf worker’s job in jeopardy and prevent them from gaining the same opportunities because employers would be less likely to hire them.