Neighborhood Learns Sign Language to Communicate With Deaf Child

Residents signed up for night courses to learn ASL.

Two years ago, Glenda and Raphi Savitz moved to Newton, Massachusetts. Soon afterwards they  welcomed their daughter Samantha, who was born deaf, WCVB TV reports..

“She was the first deaf person my husband and I had ever known,” Glenda told WCVB.

When they took her on walks, their neighbors noticed the family was signing to their daughter, and they
decided they wanted to learn how to communicate with her too; so they signed up for night courses to learn American Sign Language.

“We thought we might get 10 to 12 people,” said Lucia Marshall, one of the Savitzes’ neighbors. They ended up with more than 20.

“It is so touching. There is no greater gift than her wanting to learn her language,” Glenda told WCVB.

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