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Language: American Sign Language

  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 01:32 PM

Opening doors, minds through sign language

Allison Shultes / Swarthmore Phoenix
Representing a span of ages and geographic locations, and communicating in both British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL), the poets’ collaboration opened new avenues not just for audience members witnessing a novel exhibition of language, but for their own experiments in poetry.
  • Mar 21, 2012
  • 07:38 PM

Obama Sign Language Surpris : What Other Languages Does He Know? (video)

International Business Times seems Obama had good reason to play down his linguistic abilities in 2008; conservatives would have disparaged his abilities in Spanish, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia. But today, the web is abuzz with evidence of one rather unexpected linguistic skill: sign language. On Tuesday, Obama greeted a deaf student at an event in Largo, Maryland. When the 26-year-old signed "I'm proud of you," the president quickly signed back a "Thank you."
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • 10:37 PM

The signs of silence: deaf Inuit learn ASL

Sarah Rogers / Nunatsiaq News
The workshop focused on communication in daily living, such as asking for something, getting or giving information, and expressing likes and dislikes with ASL. And instructors also used regional Inuit signs shared by some of the participants. While Alookie also learns Inuit sign language at school, the teaching materials, developed by the Government of Nunavut, are relatively new and that version of sign language itself is much less advanced than ASL.
  • Feb 15, 2012
  • 03:54 PM

Wear this glove to learn sign language (video)

Elizabeth Cunningham-Perkins / Digital Journal
Funded by the National Science Foundation, IDRT's AcceleGlove product teaches and translates American Sign Language by interconnecting computer software and a camera with accelerometer-tracked input from the wearer's finger movements.
  • Dec 16, 2011
  • 09:52 PM

American Sign Language gets hands-down approval

Meg Sullivan / UC Los Angeles
Yet, over the years, ASL has not enjoyed the same stature as foreign languages, possibly due to a misconception that it is based on oral language, similar to mime, and therefore cannot convey the same subtleties and complex meaning that spoken languages do. Scholars, however, increasingly challenge this point of view. "There’s no debate among linguists," Stowell said. "It’s as rich and complex as any other human language."
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 08:22 PM

ASL program grows, works for recognition

Kumar Ramanathan / Tufts Daily
Among the language programs at Tufts, American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the smallest. Over the past three decades, however, the program has been growing in popularity. Within the Department of Child Development, through which all three ASL classes are offered, ASL I is considered a high-demand course, meaning that students must take special measures to register.
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 01:28 PM

Sign language Santa fulfills wishes for hearing-impaired (video)

Haley Coomes / ABC 57 News
DENVER, Colo. -- A jolly greeting and Christmas bells are sounds many hearing-impaired children will never hear, but there is someone who can listen to exactly what they want for Christmas. Some Denver kids with mild to profound hearing loss got a chance to meet Santa this week, and they got quite the surprise when they learned that he knows sign language.
  • Aug 22, 2011
  • 11:54 PM

What's your sign? Deaf culture knows

Kasey Varner / Patriot-News
They sat in a comfortable silence, broken only by sporadic laughter. They didn’t need to voice their thoughts to communicate. This was an American Sign Language social. About 20 people get together at the Marketplace Cafe inside the Giant Food Store in Camp Hill the first and third Fridays of every month.
  • Jul 28, 2011
  • 09:14 PM

American Sign Language on the Brink of Extinction (audio)

The Takeaway
American Sign Language could be a dying form of communication, thanks to dwindling education funding and technological alternatives. Many deaf people are adamant that sign language will always be essential, but state budget cuts are threatening to close schools that teach it.
  • Jul 27, 2011
  • 01:36 PM

Among Twists in Budget Woes, Tensions Over Teaching the Deaf

Monica Davey / New York Times
“Speaking and listening classrooms across the nation are known for their forced exclusion of A.S.L. and expressly forbid any contact with the culturally deaf adult role models,” Marvin Miller, president of the Indiana Association of the Deaf, who is deaf, said in an e-mail interview.
  • May 26, 2011
  • 11:50 PM

Early Intervention Key to Improving Literacy Skills for Deaf Children

Early findings from a Ryerson study show deaf and hard-of-hearing children may benefit greatly when parents read to them using ASL. Kristin Snoddon, a postdoctoral fellow in Ryerson University’s School of Early Childhood Education (ECE), is leading a 10-month research project to teach hearing parents of deaf children how to read children’s classics using American Sign Language.
  • May 24, 2011
  • 05:34 PM

New Sign Language Bill Could Help Interpreter Shortage

Tom Dempsey / WHSV
American Sign Language became a foreign language, when offered in schools, around the state Monday afternoon. The new law may help more than just the hard of hearing. Local sign language experts say there is a shortage of interpreters right now, and the need is growing by the day.
  • May 18, 2011
  • 07:31 PM

Some parents angered by Daniels' picks for School for the Deaf board members

Will Higgins / Indianapolis Star
For decades, students at the Indiana School for the Deaf have learned mostly through American Sign Language, by communicating with their hands. But that method appears to be facing a challenge after Gov. Mitch Daniels' controversial appointments of three new board members with ties to the mainstreaming approach to teaching deaf children, an approach that encourages them to speak, to listen and sometimes read lips.
  • May 13, 2011
  • 08:34 PM

Donna Teresa: Sign language rocks at the Boardwalk

Donna Teresa / The Salinas Californian
If you have ever attended the Friday Night Concerts at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, chances are you have probably seen Carrie King Pena interpreting the songs in American Sign Language.
  • May 12, 2011
  • 06:09 PM

Signing Hedda Gabler

Leslie Friday / BU Today
Theatrical American Sign Language interpreters must be perceptive, flexible, and—quite possibly—have a touch of multiple personality disorder.
  • May 11, 2011
  • 09:33 PM

Baby sign language becoming a classroom standard

Patricia Faulhaber / Suburbanite
Jackson TWP, Ohio — American Sign Language is gaining momentum in becoming one of the most studied languages in high school and college classrooms. Surprisingly, it is also becoming a favorite in preschool and daycare center classrooms as well...
  • May 05, 2011
  • 02:10 PM

Deaf prisoners sue Illinois Department of Corrections

Cynthia Dizikes / Chicago Tribune
A group of deaf and hard-of-hearing prisoners sued the Illinois Department of Corrections on Wednesday, alleging that the agency discriminated against them by refusing to provide American Sign Language interpreters, technological assistance and other alternate forms of communication.
  • May 02, 2011
  • 12:12 AM

Hearing Impaired Men Stabbed At Hallandale Beach Bar

Janie Campbell / NBC Miami
At least two hearing impaired men were stabbed in a Hallandale Beach bar Saturday night when another patron mistook their sign language for gang signs.
  • Apr 30, 2011
  • 02:05 AM

Interpreting music into American Sign Language

Public Radio International
Like any other language, American Sign Language is complex. It has a unique grammatical structure, regional dialects and its own history of poetry. It can take Malgeri weeks to decide on the best way to interpret a song.
  • Apr 27, 2011
  • 09:29 PM

Sign language thrives in Federal Way schools | ASL counts as foreign language class

Andy Hobbs / PNW Local News
Contrary to common assumption, sign language is not universal. Each nation pretty much adopts its own version, even in English-speaking countries like Canada and the U.K.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 09:05 PM

Broadway Sign Language Interpreter Alan Champion Dies at 55

Brian Scott Lipton /
Alan Champion, a hearing-impaired sign-language interpreter who worked on Broadway for 30 years, died of appendix cancer on Friday, April 22 in Ramona, Oklahoma, according to The New York Times. He was 55.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 01:20 PM

Early Intervention catches children up

Sue Higgins / Wayne Post
At 15 months, Jacob had no words. With no way to communicate, Jacob began acting out. As a teacher, his mother, Cim McFarlane, of Palmyra, understood that language affects writing, reading and listening skills. If something in that cycle is broken, she said, the rest suffer.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 12:57 PM

Sign Language Community to come next fall: Open to select students

Mary Walker / Red and Black
There will be a new learning community added to University housing beginning in fall 2012 — the American Sign Language Learning Community.
  • Apr 25, 2011
  • 12:01 AM

Signing Babies = Smarter Babies?

WFTV Orlando
The BACKGROUND: Baby Sign Language (BSL) can give parents and caregivers a sneak peak into the minds of babies. According to, the first BSL program intended for the children of hearing parents was conducted in 1998, at Ohio State University.
  • Apr 21, 2011
  • 01:39 AM

Baby sign language all in the hands, say Moms

Rob Brown / Winnipeg Free Press
Monica Sim didn’t realize she and her daughter would start so many conversations by being silent. The pair enrolled in a sign language class for babies at Maples Community Centre earlier this spring. Six weeks later Sim’s one-year-old is turning people’s heads with her tiny digits.
  • Apr 18, 2011
  • 01:22 AM

Sign-language interpreter says Donald Trump easier than many pols to translate

George Bennett / Palm Beach Post News
But Trump's actual words are refreshingly clear, says veteran sign-language interpreter Amy Hair after standing by The Donald's side and translating his remarks for the deaf and hearing-impaired at Saturday's tea party rally in Boca Raton.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 10:36 PM

American Sign Language bill becomes law

Matt Vecchio / Loudon Times
The fight is over for supporters of House Bill 1435, a piece of legislation that will place American Sign Language, or ASL, on the same level as other power languages when it comes to satisfying foreign language requirements.
  • Apr 17, 2011
  • 10:05 PM

Deaf rescue dog now learning sign language

Jean Jadhon / South Bend Tribune
A puppy that was dumped at just eight weeks old in Salem now has a new home. The pure bred white boxer (not albino) named Nitro is now almost eight months, but Nitro is no ordinary puppy. He's deaf.