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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.

Sign Language Interpreters

Many people have questions about sign language interpreters. Below is some basic information about sign language interpreters and how to work with one. More detailed information about sign language interpreters will be provided in future posts. What does a sign … Continue reading

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What Language Do Deaf People Think In?

What language do deaf people think in? Not all deaf people are the same. This means that deaf people think in the language they have been taught. (An exception is when oral deafies learn sign and vice versa.) For example, … Continue reading

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Deaf Alarm Clock

Many people wonder how deaf people are able to wake up if they can’t hear an alarm. However, with the advent of new technology for the deaf, waking up is no longer a problem for deaf people. So, how do … Continue reading

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13 Basic Communication Tips for Interacting with Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

1. Never do anything from behind without letting the person know that you are present. If they are situated away from you, tap their shoulder lightly to get their attention. Never walk up directly behind the Deaf individual. Try to … Continue reading

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3 Forms of Sign Language: ASL vs. PSE vs. SEE

There are three major forms of Sign Language currently used in the United States: American Sign (ASL), Pidgin Signed English (PSE), and Signed Exact English (SEE). American Sign Language (ASL) ASL is used by many deaf in the United States, … Continue reading

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Stereotypes and Misconceptions about Deafness

1. All deaf people sign The ability and desire to sign is also different from person to person. It all depends how the individual was raised and whether or not they were ever encouraged/discouraged to sign. It’s about preference and … Continue reading

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Deaf Culture: The Basics

What is it? Deaf culture as defined by Dr. Barbara Kannapell (deaf professor at Gallaudet University): a set of learned behaviors and perceptions that shape the values and norms of deaf people based on their shared or common experiences. Deaf … Continue reading

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What is ASL? Where did it come from?

What is ASL? ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is a visual language, rather than a spoken language. With signing, the brain processes language through the eyes. The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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