Sign language expands to include science terms

Learning science and pursuing science careers can be challenging for students who are deaf because of a lack of universally accepted signs for most scientific terms. However, crowdsourcing projects at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., and the Scottish Sensory Centre at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are creating new signs for technical terms and distributing them online. "We not only want to provide support, we want to raise aspirations, to say to people, 'you can do this,' " said Peter Main, director of education and science for the Institute of Physics in London.

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