Online Resources about ASL and Deaf Culture

Advocacy and Professional Organizations

Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC): a non-profit, professional association for interpreters whose working languages include a sign language.

Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC): the oldest national consumer organization of, by and for Deaf individuals in Canada for having its interests represented at national level.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD): the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

TDI: an active national advocacy organization focusing its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind.

American Sign Language Instruction

ASL Nookan online hub of videos where a Deaf family teaches ASL in a casual, fun way to put people at ease in learning the natural language of the Deaf.

ASL Online: free online tutorial featuring three levels focusing on vocabulary and sentence structure in American Sign Language.

ASL University: Maintained by Bill Vicars, this site features clear, well-structured lessons with a mixture of print information, video, and photos.

Signing Savvyonline video dictionary of signs

Start ASL: offers three levels of free online ASL courses, as well as a fingerspelling course.

Deaf History and Culture

Celebrating a Great Partnership: Clerc-Gallaudet Week is December 3-9: An introduction to the story of Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and their remarkable partnership to establish the first permanent school for the deaf in the U.S., which became the birthplace of ASL. Also includes additional resources for educators.

Deaf Historical Resources: a roundup of resources hosted by Gallaudet University.

Deaf Linx: links to resources about American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and many other topics of interest.

Keep ‘Em Reading: Deaf History Month and ASL: Recommended resources from Kathy MacMillan for teachers and librarians, along with games and activities suitable for the classroom or programs.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center: fact sheets, teacher guides, information about assistive devices, and more.

Redeafineda blog concerned with restoring the balance of information surrounding deaf issues.

Resources for Educators, Librarians, and Parents

American Sign Language (ASL) in Your Library: a roundup of resources for librarians compiled by Renee Grassi for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) blog.

Described and Captioned Media Programprovides premium media designed for students with disabilities and leads as a resource for families and teachers, supported by the Department of Education.

Developmental milestones in American Sign Language (ASL): an excellent overview from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. (Scroll down the page to reach the listing of developmental milestones.)

eCourses from Kathy MacMillan: Sign Language with Children in Storytime or the Classroom, Basic ASL for Library Staff

Library Signs Resources from Kathy MacMillan: practice videos and handouts featuring a selection of basic American Sign Language phrases useful for library staff.

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library: online resources on Deaf Culture, a comprehensive electronic collection of deaf resources, Deaf cultural programs, and training programs for library staff.

My Smart Hands: resources from a group of baby sign language instructors that use 100% ASL signs to teach parents how to communicate with their hearing babies.

National ASL and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education: a non-profit organization of professionals who are dedicated to the development, management, and coordination of ASL and English bilingual early childhood programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families.

Project ENABLE: provides free online training modules designed for public, academic and school librarians to help them make their libraries truly inclusive for all users.

Read Captions Across America: the online home of the Read Captions Across America (RCAA) campaign, which raises awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Sign 2 Me: discussion groups, products, and the latest research showing how signing benefits both deaf and hearing babies.

Signing Time: the online home of the highly recommended “Signing Time” DVD series features downloadable song lyrics, FAQ pages, and lots of activities for kids.