My younger sister is partially deaf and American Sign Language was extremely helpful way for us to communicate with one another when she was very young. As she grew older her speech improved, but we still use sign occasionally.
Our entire family took classes and I wondered what type of resources might be available online. Resources have definitely improved over the last 30 years!
The American Sign Language Browser is a website that offers the ability to look up ASL signs, but they claim it is not an instrument for learning ASL. Perhaps this is true, but it is great as it is an A-Z Resource of words that include an movie clip of the necessary actions.
Learning to sign has come along way from the 30 year old book I have sitting on my shelf! Here are a few of the resources I came across:
- The American Sign Language University offers a step-by-step pictorial, and then allows you to animate the process. Very cool! They have many resources there, including this Fingerspelling Quiz here.
- Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University offers this excellent series – The Ear and Hearing Series 1 / Series 2 . If you visit their website, you will find they offer many, many more resources as well.
- An American Sign Language Crossword Puzzle
- DawnSign Press is a commercial site that offers some snippets of video clips, in addition to many resources.
- Magic Lamp productions offers an extensive library of videos for hearing impaired children and adults.