Answered By: Celita Ávila
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 42

Hello! Great topic.

Are you trying to make a case for how challenging it might be for someone to communicate with ASL when they have arthritis? Sort of like "seniors and signing?"

While I'm not finding any academic publications that specifically address this issue, we can certainly help you find articles about arthritis and then you can make the connection yourself. Signing could be therapeutic for arthritis or it could make signing more difficult. Write about the importance of signing and being able to communicate and how arthritis makes that more difficult to do!

I would make the case for two types of resources:

1. a book on the history and importance of sign language - Show of hands : a natural history of sign language - click link for physical location and call number for this book on the 3rd floor of the library. You can check it out with your school ID card.

2. articles from health magazines and journals which discuss the affects of arthritis and possible therapies - I like to start out in Health Source - Consumer Edition database.

In my search below, I searched for arthritis and then limited those results to Full Text published in the last 5 years.


Hope this helps! If you need more info, please reply to this answer.



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