Introduction to Signs of Life–ASL

Hey everyone!

This blog was created to better help to bridge the gap between the Deaf World and the Hearing World. Through written word and video, it is my hope to increase knowledge and understanding of sign language and deaf culture, as well as reduce any negative perceptions and inaccurate stereotypes of deafness and Deaf Culture.

I have noticed that there are many videos on YouTube that Hearing people have created to teach sign language. Many of these videos that I have watched are incorrect and are not appropriate tools for people who wish to learn sign language, so I would like to post videos that are accurate teachings of sign language. In addition, sign language is just one small aspect of Deaf Culture. If someone wants to learn sign language, it is crucial that they also learn about and understand Deaf Culture. Therefore, in addition to teaching sign language, I would like to blog about Deaf Culture and create video discussions that relate to Deaf Culture.

Why learn sign language? When can you use sign language?

1. Nature Walks–you want to converse with a friend without startling wildlife.

2. Loud Venue–If you’re at a bar or construction site or a rock concert and there is a lot of background noise, you can easily converse in sign language when it is too loud to converse by speaking verbally.

3. Eating–with sign language, you can “talk” with another person if your mouth is full of food.

4. Listening to Headphones–If you are listening to music and have headphones on, someone can sign to you and you will be able to converse and understand one another without having to turn off your music to hear them.

5. Service Industry–If you are at a formal event and need to communicate with your staff without yelling across the room, sign language can come in very handy.

6. Movie Theaters–Instead of talking during the movie and interrupting the movie, you can use sign language.

7. Extended Distance–If you are across the room, you can communicate quite easily without having to yell.

8. Classroom–IF you need to tell someone something without interrupting a student or professor that is talking, sign language is perfect.

9. On the Job–If you come in contact with a deaf or hard of hearing customer or patron who uses sign language, you can communicate with them easier and make their experience more enjoyable and less frustrating.

10. Private Conversations–If you need to have a private conversation that you’d prefer wasn’t listened in on by others, sign language is the perfect avenue of communication

11. Sports–If you need to communicate with someone on the field without the other team knowing what you said, sign language can be a clear way to communicate messages for special plays.

12. Under Water–you can communicate under water.

13. Library–If you haev to be quiet in a library, you can sign instead of speak verbally.

14. Deaf and Hard of Hearing people–you can communicate with deaf and hard of hearing individuals and families who use sign language

15. Babies–Teaching babies to sign is perfect because they can’t express verbal thoughts or ideas or needs yet, and sign language makes communication less frustrating.

These are only a few reasons to learn ASL. Some people view sign language as “inferior” or “limited” language used by the deaf community; however, this is not true. ASL is so much more advanced than spoken language in many ways and has many benefits over spoken language.

It was once assumed that sign language was use exclusively by people within the deaf community. However, sign language is quickly being adopted by hearing people as a preferred method of communications. Many business professionals consider ASL as an essential skill for effective communications.

If you are interested in learning sign language and learning about Deaf Culture, please keep an eye out for upcoming written and video posts. Tell your friends about this blog. Follow us on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/signsoflifeasl

Email us with questions or requests at signsoflifeasl@gmail.com.

Here is a list of some of the things that are yet to come:

  • Stereotypes/Misconceptions
  • Deaf Culture
  • ASL poetry
  • ASL vs PSE vs SEE
  • Interpreters
  • Technology used by Deaf individuals
  • Tips for Interacting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people
  • All about Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Audism explained
  • Trivia
  • Signed Songs
  • How to Interpret songs
  • Funny stories
  • Hearing Culture Idioms vs Deaf Culture Idioms
  • Deaf Schools and Deaf Colleges
  • Famous Deaf Celebrities
  • Controversies within Hearing and Deaf Cultures
  • Causes of Hearing Loss
  • Types of Hearing Loss
  • Movies and TV shows with Deaf Characters

Some of the upcoming Video Lessons:

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Greetings
  • Family Relationships
  • Time
  • Pronouns, Question Words, Endings
  • Mental Action
  • Emotions
  • Movement and Travel
  • Opposites
  • Size and Quantity
  • Communication and Government
  • Education
  • Nouns
  • Nature
  • Body, Medicine, and Health
  • Home, Furniture, Clothing
  • Food
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Countries, Cities, and States
  • Animas
  • Religion

And more:

  • How to master Fingerspelling
  • Politically correct terms
  • Contractions
  • Pluralization and Frequency
  • Directionality of Signs
  • Negation
  • Classifiers

We hope that you follow this blog!

Get ready to learn a New Language and a New Culture!!

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About signsoflifeasl

Ashley and Taylor aim to bridge the gap between the Hearing World and the Deaf World by creating awareness of Deaf Culture and teaching sign language through written word as well as signed videos (captioned for the signing-impaired.) Using humor and fun, Ashley and Taylor hope to make learning a new language and culture a fantastic experience for everyone! Ashley is a deaf individual whose major is in Communication with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Organization Communication. She is a double minor in Psychology and Human Development. For Grad School, she plans to get her Masters degree in Social Work and hopes to advocate for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Ashley is fluent in written and spoken English, as well as ASL and written German. She is the President of the Sign Language Club at her college. Taylor is a Hearing individual who is thinking about becoming a Special Education Teacher for young children. Her mother is an interpreter and Taylor has grown up learning about ASL and deaf culture, and is currently learning sign from both Ashley and her mother.
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