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Resolutions passed 130 years ago that banned the use of sign language in schools for the deaf have officially been rejected, and the signature of a South Surrey man is scrawled on the document that proves it.

“I did it to try to erase the worldwide ignorance and misconceptions about the deaf,” Wayne Sinclair said of penning his name to the historical record. “I did it to try to instill in deaf children a pride of being fellow human beings on an equal footing with their hearing counterparts.”

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