NS ASL concerns

A Nova Scotia woman who is deaf says there should be more options for Nova Scotians who want to become certified American Sign Language teachers and interpreters.

Vanessa Hopkins grew up signing with ASL, a 200-year-old unspoken language; as a way of communicating and now teaches the language from her home in Sydney.

As of the moment, the only place that certifies ASL teachers and interpreters is the NSCC Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth.

The college’s 2015 and 2016 ASL classes had 24 and 25 students, respectively.