Welcoming Deaf Patrons to Your Library: Resources

ASL Vocabulary:

ASL Manual Alphabet (printable .pdf)

ASL.ms: Fingerspelling practice tool.

Getting to Know You Signs Handout (printable .pdf)

Manners Signs Handout (printable .pdf)

Manners Signs 0:55 (video)

Library Signs handout (printable .pdf)

Numbers 0-10 Signs Handout (printable .pdf)

Numbers 1 through 10 in ASL (Lifeprint) 7:22 (video)

Online ASL dictionaries:

Library Signs Resources from Kathy MacMillan: A collection of “bite-sized” videos and printable handouts suitable for sharing in staff meetings or for individual learning, all featuring basic ASL vocabulary useful for library staff.

Communication Resources:

Communication Tips from Deaf Cultural Resource Center (Library for Deaf Action)

Guidelines for Effective Communication with Deaf, Late-Deafened, and Hard of Hearing People (Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Special Needs Communication Guide: A handy printable resource you can keep at service desks to assist in communicating with patrons who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing, speak Spanish, or have limited communication skills. This 21-page communication guide was put together by The Library of Fanwood and Scotch Plains (New Jersey, USA), and contains English, Spanish, and fingerspelled words, as well as pictures for common concepts and items in the library setting.

Deaf Culture Resources:

Deaf Culture PEPNet Tipsheet by Professor Linda Siple, Assistant Professor Leslie Greer, and Associate Professor Barbra Ray Holcomb, all of the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library: https://www.marylanddcdl.org

Audism Unveiled (DVD). (DawnSignPress, 2008)


Accommodations and Advocacy:

ADA Requirements: Effective Communication: https://www.ada.gov/effective-comm.pdf

A Note From Your Colleagues With Hearing Loss: Just Use a Microphone Already byJessie B. Ramey

Accommodations Resources from CSUN


Collection Development:

“Hands-On Collection Building: A librarian offers tips for sign language materials selection” by Kathy MacMillan. School Library Journal, March 2003.


More Recommended Resources from Kathy MacMillan: