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14 April 2005

DSS Mentioned In Sign Language Credit Coverage

The Auburn Plainsman mentioned Dan Miller and JSU's Disability Support Services in an article ( covering a bill proposing that foreign language credits be awarded for sign language courses in Alabama’s public schools. Mr. Miller, director of DSS, told the Plainsman that JSU has given credit for sign language for 6 to 8 years.

“It’s more than just finger flicking, and most people spend 7 to 10 years becoming fluent,” Miller told the reporter.

Mr. Miller said 38 states recognize American Sign Language as an official language, including Georgia, which has recognized it for 15 years.

“So this is nothing new or cutting edge,” Miller said. “The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has provided services and has nurtured lots of people, giving more diversity.”

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