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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: pop corn

This Day/Week in History

September 14, 1878: Agatha Tiegel, who was the first Deaf woman to graduate from Gallaudet, was born in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Setpember 1951: The WFD was established in Rome, Italy, at the first World Deaf Congress, under the Italian Deaf Association.

September 17, 2013: The British government passed the policy recognizing a legal status for British Sign Language which calls for better access to information and services in U.K.

September 17, 2015: British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by all parties in the Chamber in Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

December 19th, 2017, the United Nations declared September 23rd as International Day of Sign Languages.

September 22, 2018: Nationwide ASL and LSQ rally at the legislative buildings in Canada for official national recognition of the languages: ASL, LSQ, and Indigenous Sign Language.

ASL / LSQ / Indigenous Sign Languages Recognition Rally

Rally for ASL and LSQ Recognition and Unity for Indigenous Sign Languages in Indigenous Language Act. Canadian Association of the Deaf hosts nation-wide Sign Language Awareness Day events organized by provincial committees.

September 22, 2018 at 1:00pm at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, British Columbia Legislative Building in Victoria, Alberta Legislative Building in Edmonton, Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina, Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Nova Scotia Legislative Building in Halifax, New Brunswick Legislative Building in Fredericton, Confederation Building in St. John's, and Yukon Legislative Building in Whitehorse.

International Day of Sign Languages

September 23, 2018: United Nations' International Day of Sign Languages.

This week in Deaf history: On December 19th, 2017, the United Nations declared September 23rd as International Day of Sign Languages.

International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf is an annual observance during the 4th (last) week of September, in concurrence with the annual International Day of Sign Language Rights, under World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).

American Sign Language dictionary

How do you sign some common ASL words? thank you, I love you, please, hello, baby. Browse thousands of signed words in the ASL dictionary.

learning American Sign Language

Learning ASL as a second language (L2) is fun and popular. Bilingualism is not the only benefit, but also bimodalism is another linguistic advantage for the cognitive and sensorial development. Plus many other benefits.

ASL Story of the Week

Link to Barbwire and Bloodstain of Word.

Quote of the Month

"I cannot understand how a language like sign language - the richest in expressions, the most energetic, the most advantageous in its universal intelligibility is still so neglected and that only the deaf speak it. This is, I confess, one of those irrationalities of the human mind that I cannot explain."
-- Pierre Desloges, 1779

signing with babies and toddlers

Signing ASL as a first language (L1) is commonly found in Deaf families and codas as well as some deaf children in ASL-speaking bilingual schools. Studies from neuroscience to linguistics show that language acquisition, developmental milestones, and linguistic activities in the brain are similiar in signed language as found in spoken language.