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ASL Word of the Day

Equivalent to English: mature

This Day/Week in History

July 18, 1869: Laurent Clerc, a French-born first American Deaf teacher, passed away in Hartford, U.S.

July 21, 1919: Dr William Stokoe, the father of ASL linguistics, was born in New Hampshire.

July 19, 2010: 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED 2010) hosted in Vancouver, Canada, stated an apology for formally rejecting the resolutions made at the ICED 1880 Congress in Milan, which banned sign language used in deaf education. The participants celebrated this statement.

July 10, 1815: American Thomas Gallaudet met the French group who gave public demonstrations on methodical signs with deaf pupils in London, England. Later, Gallaudet and Clerc founded the first deaf school in America.

July 17, 2014: Dr. Gertrude Galloway passed away in the U.S. She was a pioneer and advocate of American Deaf education, visionary leader, women\'s rights advocate, educator, and more.

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 Dream of Dream: parable.

Quote of the Month

"[Bilingualism] is our ally ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and combating discrimination."
-- Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO

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.