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American Sign Language & Deaf Culture: Home

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What is American Sign Language?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a complete, natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from English. ASL is expressed by movements of the hands and face. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing, and is used by many hearing people as well. (Continue reading from the National Institutes of Health)

Learn More about ASL & Deaf Culture

200 Years of Deaf Education in America (Gallaudet University)

American Deaf Culture (Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center)

Community and Culture - FAQs (National Association of the Deaf)

Watch "Through Deaf Eyes" Documentary  (Gallaudet University)

 

Resources for Learning ASL

Learn American Sign Language (Rocket Languages)

Learn Basic ASL  (ASL Connect)

theASLapp (Ink & Salt, LLC)

ASL lessons & Dictionary  (Lifeprint)

The ASL Stories Directory (American Society for Deaf Children)

Storybook Apps in ASL & English (VL2 Storybook Apps)

Signing Savvy (Online ASL Dictionary) (Signing Savvy website)

Getting Started with Beginning Signs

Learn Your ABCs

Protecting and Interpreting Deaf Culture

Check out a Book