Princeton University announced the first group of students to participate in the school’s new American Sign Language (ASL) 101, a new offering that will satisfy the University’s language requirement.

According to the announcement, “The ASL classes, sponsored by the Program in Linguistics, are part of an expanded focus on disability, accessibility, and inclusion across the University, including Princeton’s physical campus and digital assets, services, and programs for students, and new academic programs.”

“For me, this moment is a validation,” said Daniel Maier, a sign language linguist who is a lecturer in The Humanities Council, in the announcement. “This is a treatment of a sign language on the same level of other world languages. Princeton’s expansion of the ASL program to satisfy language requirements is an important message to be sending.”

To read the full announcement, please click here.

Source: Princeton University