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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: police

This Day/Week in History

December 10, 2013: Liisa Kauppinen was a winner of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Award Prize. She received the prize at a ceremony held at UN headquarters in New York City.

Clerc-Gallaudet Week

Celebrate during the first week in December, since December 1974.

To celebrate birth anniversaries of the two pioneers in deaf education who were born in the month of December – Laurent Clerc on December 26, 1785 and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on December 10, 1787 – and to recognize their contributions to Deaf education in North America since the 19th century.

This week in Deaf history:

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

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 People as Monkeys.

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.