To ensure all kids have a Merry Christmas, one Santa Claus learned American Sign Language. It has been a great surprise for hearing-impaired kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to communicate their wish lists to Santa. This Santa Claus is at Regency Mall in Racine, Wisconsin. Parents are touched by the thoughtfulness of including every child in the holiday fun.
The NIDCD, or National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, estimates that three out of 1,000 kids in the US are born with some level of deafness in one or both ears. Kris Kringle’s ability to communicate will go a long way this holiday season.
Santa said he wants every child to have a special experience sitting with him. He is glad to be able to communicate with the hearing-impaired children.
Santa also said that when he asks children what they want for Christmas, most are shocked to see that he knows Sign Language. The kids appreciate that they can talk to Santa without having an interpreter.
It’s not only heartwarming for the children, but it’s also a touching experience for their parents. Santa explains that he had one mother that was deaf. She cried because, for the first time in her life, she saw Santa sign for her child.
If kids don’t want to sign or talk, Santa gives them the option to communicate however they want. Some write out their lists or draw pictures of what they want.
However, this isn’t the first time Santa has used Sign Language. For example, just last year an excited, yet shy 3-year-old girl communicated with Santa through sign language in England. The touching moment made bystanders cry.
is the fourth most-used language in the US. While this particular Santa is in Wisconsin, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a St. Nick who is proficient in sign language. However, make sure to call before stopping by to visit Santa, just to be sure.