It doesn't matter if you can't spell your name or can sign a novel, learning American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture is for everyone. Below is a list of resources I use to teach my classes, email me if you want a resource or useful article added!
Lesson 00 - Intro to ASL: Presentation | Communication Tips | ASL Fingerspelling Sheet
Lesson 01 - Learning About ASL and It's History: Presentation
Lesson 02 - ASL & It's Relationship with Deaf Culture: Presentation
Lesson 03 - Etiquette in the Deaf Community (Part One): Presentation
Lesson 04 - Etiquette in the Deaf Community (Part Two): Presentation
Lesson 05 - Oppression & Deaf Community: Presentation
RESOURCES & LINKS
Articles / Blog Posts
- AI Powered Captioning — AI technology helps students who are deaf learn
- AG Bell Belittles Nyle DiMarco — A Deaf model is discriminated by the AG Bell Organization (see related article)
- Deaf Disempowerment and Today’s Interpreter — Article by Trudy Suggs about how interpreters can hold power in conversations
- Deaf for a Day — Actor John Barrowman goes deaf for a day
- DeafSpace — Article by Curbed to discuss architecture and Deaf people at Gallaudet
- Letter to Hearing Parents — Short blog by Tracy Stine in response to public discrimination by the AG Bell Organization towards Nyle DiMarco (see related article)
- Once told their deaf kids had to adapt to a hearing world, these parents learned ASL to flip the script — Article by Philadelphia's The Inquirer talks about the advantage of parents learning sign language with their children.
- The danger of thinking deafness is "bad" — Article about Peter Hauser's TEDx Talk at Gallaudet
- Yes, I've Seen the Signing Gloves — Short blog writeup on what Deaf people generally think about signing gloves
- Your deaf kids and the dinner table — Blog post by J Parrish Lewis on why parents of Deaf children should learn ASL.
- ASLized — A library for accessible and authentic ASL videos
ASL Guides / Resources
- American Sign Language Resource Guide — Many links to other useful resources related with ASL
- Learning American Sign Language — Another useful resource with many ASL links
Academic / Higher Education Resources
- California State University, Northridge — A diverse university of nearly 33,000 students in Los Angeles
- College and Career Advice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students — A guide that not only educates people on the terms used in the Deaf and hard of hearing culture, but dives into accessibility in college environments, knowing your rights, individual education plans (IEPs), advocacy & leadership programs, and includes advice and tips from five experts within the Deaf community.
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities — support, advocacy and assistive technology to facilitate the transition to higher education
- College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities — An excellent scholarship and financial aid resource
- Gallaudet — A liberal arts university for the deaf and hard of hearing
- National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) — First and largest technological college in the world for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students — Tools, technology, and key resources to cultivate academic success
- Deaf Friendly — Bringing awareness to deaf-friendly businesses, and corrective feedback to deaf-challenged businesses
- HZ Innovations — A deaf technology startup working on a device/app, Wavio that 'hears' important sounds in your home.
- Sami Lee Studios — Photography studio owned by a local deaf photographer
- Seek the World — Deaf travel/photo blog with a Deaf traveler who loves to take up challenges and explore the world.
- Toby Fitch Studios — An innovative one-man design/photography studio for all things digital and print
- Visually Speaking — Local Seattle Deaf-run business that teaches sign language
- Deaflife — Magazine for the Deaf community
- Deaflympics — An International Olympic Committee (IOC)-sanctioned event at which deaf athletes compete at an elite level
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) — Civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing
- National Theater of the Deaf — Information about upcoming performances, workshops and classroom visits
- USA Deaf Soccer — National soccer teams for Deaf Men and Women that represent the USA at an international level
- USA Deaf Sports Federation — Official governing body of the United States' representation in the Deaflympic Games.
Organizations in Washington State
- Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services — Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services, located in Seattle, WA, is a support agency for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing victims of Domestic Violence.
- Deaf Spotlight — Non-profit organization in Seattle that celebrate Deaf culture and American Sign Language with events
- Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center: Seattle & Western WA — Speech therapy, audiology, advocacy, parent-infant & preschool programs, and interpreting services
- Puget Sound Association of the Deaf
- Washington State Association of the Deaf
- Washington School for the Deaf
- CAN YOU READ MY LIPS? — is a short film about the imprecise art of lip-reading based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound,” by Rachel Kolb, who narrates and stars in the video. This film was directed by David Terry Fine and produced by Little Moving Pictures.
- Cat Doesn't Meow — Deaf German Comedian Ace Mahbaz talks about "hearing" people vs deaf people.
- Changing the World Begins With Us — Not ASL-related but worth a watch to understand empathy.
- Deaf Blind - A Window into Internal Oppression — A Deaf-blind individual expresses his frustration with oppression
- Deaf for a Day — Actor John Barrowman goes deaf for a day
- Deaf Gain — Briefly explained by Switched At Birth
- DeafSpace — An video by Curbed to discuss architecture and Deaf people at Gallaudet
- Jessica Flores — Youtube account with multiple videos that talks about what it's like to be a Deaf/HoH person in a hearing world.
- Our Community — Short film series by Convo Relay that provides insights on several Deaf communities in Rochester, Austin, and New England. (click on region for each video)
- On Deafness: Jackie Roth of FAR FROM THE TREE — by Andrew Solomon
- The Enchanting Music of Sign Language — Deaf Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim shares how American Sign Language is an enchanting visual language and explains how it works in this short TED Talk.
- Through Deaf Eyes — by PBS
- Why We Need Universal Design — Amazon Deaf Designer Michael Allen Nesmith gives a talk for TEDx Boulder in how he finds solutions around his disability through Universal Design