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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: bother

This Day/Week in History

October 18, 2009: Gallaudet University announced its tenth president, Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz.

ASL Story of the Week

Link to The Rooster and the Fox.

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

October 24: United Nations Day. The United Nations (UN) ratified the UN charter on October 24, 1945.

The UN created Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for people with disabilities to protect their rights and promotes their equality. In the CRPD articles, they recognize and support sign languages, Deaf persons' right to have a sign language interpreter and have education in their sign language. They protect the human rights and promotes equality of Deaf people and their signed languages. They recognizes the linguistic identity of the Deaf community.

Happy Halloween!

Learn a few Halloween-related vocabulary.

Translation: Happy Halloween.

American Sign Language dictionary

How do you sign thank you or I love you in ASL? Browse thousands of signed words in the ASL dictionary.

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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 literature and arts

Sign language as the core of its culture is a distinct, cultural-linguistic identity of people of the eye. Learning sign language is inseparable from studying its visual Deaf culture. This section consists of culture, history, literarature and arts in Deaf people and their sign language.

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.