Introduction

In 2017, Glenda and Raphi Savitz moved to Newton, Massachusetts with their 2‐year‐old daughter Samantha, who was born deaf. When they were out in the community, local people noticed that Glenda and Raphi were signing to Samantha. Some of them decided they wanted to learn how to communicate with Samantha too, so 20 neighbours and friends got together and hired a teacher to run a weekly evening class and teach them American Sign Language. Samantha's Mum, Glenda, told a journalist: ‘Samantha's whole personality changes when she meets someone she can communicate with.’

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