American Sign Language (ASL), Sign Language

This section of Info to Go includes information about signed languages and considerations for their use by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

About: Learning American Sign Language: Books, Media, Classes (Clerc Center)

This information, compiled by the Clerc Center, provides links to numerous resources for learning American Sign Language.

American Sign Language (NIDCD)

Information about American Sign Language is provided in a Q&A format from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health. 

Communication Considerations: American Sign Language (Hands & Voices)

This site, by the family advocacy organization Hands & Voices, provides a Q&A about American Sign Language plus links to additional resources and references.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adult Involvement Learning Community (NCHAM)

This site is a learning community of programs involved in providing services that connect families and their deaf or hard of hearing child with deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Facilitated through the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), the website of this learning community includes links to information on research and published literature, the role of technology and social media, examples of deaf and hard of hearing mentor/adult involvement programs, family stories, and other resources and tools  on this topic.

Frequently Asked Questions: Considerations for Using an ASL and Spoken English Bilingual Approach with Young Children who are Deaf  and Hard of Hearing (Clerc Center, PDF)

This FAQ, developed at the Clerc Center, responds to questions related to bilingual development in two modalities. It discusses evidence supporting an ASL and spoken English approach and the planning process essential to implementing this approach with young children. It provides references and resources related to this topic.

Sign Language Use for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Babies: The Evidence Supports It (ASDC and Clerc Center, PDF in English)

This document, developed by Tiara V. Malloy and disseminated by the American Society for Deaf Children and the Clerc Center, discusses the evidence supporting the use of sign language with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is available in English, Spanish , and Chinese.

Through Your Child’s Eyes: American Sign Language (CSUN, Video)

This 13-minute DVD created in 2011 by the California Department of Education and California State University, Northridge, shares the benefits of ASL as a language for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Experiences of both deaf and hearing families are included.

Visual Language Visual Learning Center (VL2): Research Briefs 

This series of research briefs on visual language and visual learning was developed as a resource for educators and parents to summarize relevant scholarship and make recommendations for practice. Briefs one through eight are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. For a description of, and links to, each of these briefs, and associated descriptions of the briefs in ASL, see: Summary of VL2 Research Briefs

VL2 Parent Information Package

This on-line information packet developed by the Visual Language and Visual Learning Center (VL2) at Gallaudet University provides a Parent Toolkit to help families and children learn ASL together, bilingual interactive storybook apps to encourage reading to children in ASL, and interviews with parents, researchers, and deaf adults on growing up bilingual, and/ or learning sign language in life.

Sign Language Specialty Items (Clerc Center)

This Clerc Center-compiled list includes sources that sell novelty items, crafts, gifts, and books with a sign language theme.

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