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American Sign Language users share personal experiences in honor of National ASL Day

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In a speech last fall in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri’s Celebrate Ability Week, Deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco ended with a piece of advice: Embrace yourself, he said. It’s this kind of celebration and embracing of Deaf culture for which National ASL day was created. Held on April 15 every […]

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May 24th, 2017

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Great ASL resources for kids

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According to the American Society for Deaf Children, “Research consistently demonstrates that fluency in American Sign Language and English… offers all deaf children optimal opportunities for academic and social success, and thus both should be part of their language-rich and fully accessible environment.” Access to educational opportunities equal to those provided for hearing children is […]

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December 22nd, 2016

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Meet the ASL Interpreting online program at William Woods University

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In 2012, the national certifying body for sign language interpreters, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf required that to sit for the certification from that date forward, applicants must hold a four-year degree. While over 100 institutions offered two-year degrees in ASL interpreting at the time, only a few dozen offered bachelor’s degrees. This […]

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June 2nd, 2016

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Sign language around the world

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Bachelors in American Sign Language interpretation students at William Woods University have so many opportunities to explore the global implications of sign languages around the world — from ASL 120 Deaf Culture, where students compare and contrast Deaf culture in America with other perspectives, to Interpretation courses. In the above Attitude Live video, New Zealand Sign […]

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January 20th, 2016

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Book Spotlight: Reading Between the Signs by Anna Mindess

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“The real job is not to understand foreign culture but to understand our own… all one ever gets from studying foreign culture is a token understanding. The ultimate reason for such study is to learn more about how one’s own system works.” —Edward T. Hall, The Silent Language If you have studied American Sign Language […]

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June 12th, 2015

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