Everyone at my school learnt sign language so I could experience education like other kids | ABC Education

I vividly remember walking into my classroom on my first day of Year 1 and seeing Mrs Sinclair smiling at me. I smiled at her as she signed “Good morning” to me. I signed back to her.

There was also Miss Smith, who was employed as a teacher aide to interpret for me, despite having learnt how to sign the year before.

My classmates could also sign, which allowed me to be able to establish friendships with them and communicate with them.

I am one of the 97 per cent of deaf babies born to hearing parents; however, that percentage seems to become smaller when hearing parents choose to learn sign language to be able to communicate with their deaf child.

My mum chose to learn sign language so she could give me an accessible language. She saw it as a challenge to discover another language; another way to communicate.

There was nothing to fix — just lots to learn, according to Mum.

I was living in Springsure, a quaint town in Central Queensland with a population of around 900. It seemed ordinary to me that everyone there could sign.

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