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Chrissy Marshall, a 19-year-old deaf TikTokker and YouTuber, is using her platform to talk about disability rights and deafness and has inspired fans to learn American Sign Language (ASL), according to BuzzFeed News.
In a recent TikTok video, Marshall recounts a “crazy” day she had, where people signed to her at three different places–the bank, Starbucks, and a pretzel shop.
“It was like crazy today. Everyone signed. It was like a perfect world. It was like a utopia,” Marshall says in the video.
The video was reposted to Twitter, where it has amassed 5 million views and prompted a conversation about inclusiveness and the importance of learning sign language.
“ASL should be standard curriculum. Our world should be more inclusive and accessible. And it wouldn’t take much more effort,” one user wrote.
look what being inclusive does for people. im fucking crying man pic.twitter.com/x8KRunJRa4— EeEw Ur So OiLy (@latetadelpan) September 3, 2019
My heart literally burst you can see how happy she is because of it. I hope I can learn ASL— Graciela🇸🇻 (@GracieJazmin) September 4, 2019
I wish I had finished learning sign language. I started as a kid but then stop. I gonna restart again though. This inspired me. This made me feel so happy seeing how happy and excited she felt. If I could spread that feeling to others, i'd do it in a fucking heartbeat! ❤— Blank (@HDB1698) September 5, 2019
ASL should be standard curriculum. Our world should be more inclusive and accessible. And it wouldn’t take much more effort— Summer Ends September 22nd (@ms_chel_ayyye) September 5, 2019
Bro I wanna learn sign now pic.twitter.com/BhAx7EfPsT— victoria (@victoriax_993) September 4, 2019
Others expressed how they felt inspired to learn sign language after watching Marshall’s video.
“I am a huge advocate for people learning ASL and I’m happy and grateful so many people were inspired to do so,” Marshall told BuzzFeed News about the support for her video.
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H/T BuzzFeed News
Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.