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American Sign Language & Deaf Culture

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

Getting Started with Beginning Signs

Learn Your ABCs


Protecting and Interpreting Deaf Culture

From The Collection

Link to American Sign Language by Catherine Nichols in the Catalog
Link to The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language in the Catalog
Link to Train Go Sorry by Leah Hager Cohen in Freading
Link to Paris in America: A Deaf Nanticoke Shoemaker and His Daughter by Clara Jean Mosley Hall in the Catalog
Link to Enabling Acts by Lennard J. Davis in the Catalog