Va. sign language measure headed to McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A measure that would offer sign language as a foreign language in Virginia's high schools and universities is headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation during the 2011 session that would make Virginia one of more than 30 other states where sign language counts toward foreign-language requirements.
It is currently at the discretion of state colleges and universities to count high school and college American Sign Language courses toward entrance requirements.
If signed into law by McDonnell, the bill also could make sign language courses more accessible by opening doors for the deaf and hearing-impaired. It also could help their friends and family looking to better learn how to communicate with them.
Information from: http://www.timesdispatch.com
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