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Today, We’re Staying Home


Watch the ASL translation of Today, We’re Staying Home

Video Credit: Silent Voice Canada and RESO
ASL translation: Thinaja Nadarajah, English voice-over: April Holtom


a computer animated man dressed as a mime, signing about different animals

My Three Animals 3D


“My Three Animals” is an original ASL nursery rhyme produced through motion capture. This project investigates the natural temporal patterning in ASL using mocap data and animation. Our goal is to create signing avatars without compromising the prosody and fluency in ASL storytelling. English translation: So! I live with three animals! One dog, one cat, and one bird! Everyday, my dog barks at me; Everyday, my cat stares at me; Everyday, my bird sings to me. Why? Oh! It’s because they want food! They beg and I feed them! On a Saturday, oh no! My dog barks, my cat stares, my bird sings, and they all three beg! I feed, feed, and feed! But, I love my three animals! So! I live with three animals! One dog, one cat, and one bird! Made possible by Motion Light Lab and Mocaplab, and funded by the National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning at Gallaudet University.

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a screenshot of an academic journal article entitled Early acquisition of sign language What neuroimaging data tell us

Early acquisition of sign language What neuroimaging data tell us


”Early acquisition of a natural language, signed or spoken, has been shown to fundamentally impact both one’s ability to use the first language, and the ability to learn subsequent languages later in life (Mayberry 2007, 2009). This review summarizes a number of recent neuroimaging studies in order to detail the neural bases of sign language acquisition. The logic of this review is to present research reports that contribute to the bigger picture showing that people who acquire a natural language, spoken or signed, in the normal way possess specialized linguistic abilities and brain functions that are missing or deficient in people whose exposure to natural language is delayed or absent. Comparing the function of each brain region with regards to the processing of spoken and sign languages, we attempt to clarify the role each region plays in language processing in general, and to outline the challenges and remaining questions in understanding language processing in the brain.”

You can read more in this journal article written by Evie Malaia and Ronnie B. Wilbur.

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A screenshot of an academic journal entitled Acquiring English as a second language via print: The task for deaf children

Acquiring English as a second language via print: The task for deaf children


”Only a minority of profoundly deaf children read at age-level. We contend this reflects cognitive and linguistic impediments from lack of exposure to a natural language in early childhood, as well as the inherent difficulty of learning English only through the written modality. Yet some deaf children do acquire English via print. The current paper describes a theoretical model of how children could, in principle, acquire a language via reading and writing. The model describes stages of learning which represent successive, conceptual insights necessary for second/foreign language learning via print. Our model highlights the logical difficulties present when one cannot practice a language outside of reading/ writing, such as the necessity of translating to a first language, the need for explicit instruction, and difficulty that many deaf children experience in understanding figurative language. Our model explains why learning to read is often a protracted process for deaf children and why many fail to make progress after some initial success. Because language acquisition is thought to require social interaction, with meaning cued by extralinguistic context, the ability of some deaf individuals to acquire language through print represents an overlooked human achievement worthy of greater attention by cognitive scientists.”

You can read more in this journal article by Robert J. Hoffmeister and. Catherine L. Caldwell-Harris.

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a woman signing to her young son who appears to be doing homework

Mother Learns American Sign Language Alongside Her Deaf Son


Jen Foundas learned her son William was deaf when he was 6 weeks old. As he has grown over the last five years, she, too, is studying American Sign Language. And the Foundas family aren’t alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

A mother signing "milk" to her infant

5weeks-1 year old baby signs milk! ASL


Start signing with your baby from day 1 and watch them flourish with language! They may cry and get frustrated but once they develop language there is no stopping them! Stay at it from day 1!

a woman in a red brown shirt signing to the camera

Deaf Leadership


Presented by the Family-Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) 2018 Deaf Leadership Committee on the importance of Deaf role models in the lives of Deaf children.

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What Would You Ask a Sign Language Interpreter?


If you could ask a Sign Language Interpreter anything, what would you ask? Here are a few example questions. (turn on sound for voice over) Of course, we’ve given you some answers, so feel free to share and help spread some awareness about working with interpreters.