Two mothers are sitting with two toddlers, one baby in his mother's lap. All four parents are signing together.

Children and parents in Austria are learning sign language together. Some of the children are Deaf with hearing parents. Other children are hearing with Deaf parents. Each class has two teachers. A Deaf teacher models Austrian Sign Language, and a hearing teacher models German. They teach the children and their families through bilingual games, songs, and more. As a result, children and families learn to communicate in a common language.

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Watch a video that shows how Austrian families are learning sign language together. The video is in spoken German with captions in German. Meanwhile, the classroom scenes show a little Austrian Sign Language.

 

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