Founded in 2019, Vineyard 2nd Generation gained its name because of the desire and dedication to become the second generation of Martha's Vineyard. 

Beginning in the early 18th century through 1952, Martha's Vineyard was a Deaf Utopia. On Martha's Vineyard, Deafness was not a barrier to participation. Sign language was the path to an all-inclusive life, and Deafness wasn’t viewed as a disability. Instead, everyone embraced the culture and learned how to sign, including Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing alike. We believe in the same language equity and inclusivity through the Vineyard 2nd Generation and the American Sign Language (ASL) Academy.  

 

Vineyard 2nd Generation ASL Academy keeps the Latin phrase "manus multae cor unum" close at heart. This phrase means "many hands, one heart." Through many hands, one heart, our mission is to offer a linguistically enriched American Sign Language environment starting from birth for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) individuals while empowering them to become lifelong, self-directed individuals. We want to connect families and our communities to set the standard for equitable resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults through mentoring, resources, and forming collaborative networks that value each individual's language and culture.​​

"Deaf people can do anything that hearing people can, except hear."

I. King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University, 1988

 

Vineyard 2nd Generation
2600 52nd Ave S, Suite 200
Fargo, ND 58104

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