The School Bell is About to Ring…

Will you be ready when the bell rings the first day of school? ASLdeafined is here to help you by answering some recent questions from our users.   We would like to share our responses to the most recent questions. Is it true that ASLdeafined has lessons plans for all of their lessons?  Yes.  This is […]

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Getting a Deaf person’s attention

Although this seems like common sense, it’s important to reiterate the proper way to get a Deaf person’s attention.  Do NOT: throw things, hit, shove, yell as loud as you can, etc. to get someone’s attention.  Just like with a hearing person, treat them with respect.  All you need to do is a light tap […]

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Do’s and don’ts of passing through a conversation

When two, or more, Deaf people are conversing there are do’s and don’ts regarding how to pass by.  In the examples below, Angela will show you the right and wrong ways to pass by. This is how you should NOT pass through a conversation…   Watch as Angela walks rudely in between Mindy and Diana’s […]

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What to do when someone is signing too fast

There may be times when you come across a person who signs at a faster speed than you’re use to.  Don’t panic, especially if you’re still learning the language.  Simply ask the person to slow down and remind them that you’re still learning. Watch as Kelly lets Diana know that she is signing too fast […]

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Congratulations to our Deaf Expert of the Month: Benjamin!

We could go on for hours about our deaf experts and Benjamin is no exception! Born Deaf, into a Deaf family, Benjamin grew up with sign language his first language. A graduate of Lasher High School, in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Benjamin worked in play productions for many years, culminating in co-directing Charlie and the Chocolate […]

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A New Homepage for ASLdeafined.com

Whoa! We did it. Finally, ASLdeafined.com underwent an Extreme Makeover. I cannot wait for you to see it. Not only are the videos recorded by Deaf experts, but also added new features. One of the features is about “handshapes”. Once you login into ASLdeafined.com, you will see a tab on the Navigation bar that says “handshapes”. Click on any one that is listed there. You will see a list of words with that particular handshape. This is a cool feature, and one of the 5 perimeters of learning American Sign Language.

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Are You Up-To-Date?

This vintage biography by Etta Degering, entitled GALLAUDET, Friend of the Deaf, may quite rightfully be judged by its cover. The obviously outdated design and condition of this book, first published in 1964, is unlikely to interest the modern reader. We are featuring it in our blog post today as an analogy for those who […]

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Help! I see Deaf People!

Help!  I see Deaf People! So now that you have some knowledge of ASL and Deaf Culture, you will begin to notice more Deaf people around you.  Yes, they have always been there; you are just now becoming aware of them.  You may be thinking to yourself, “Self….what do I do?!  Do I approach them?  […]

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Deaf Culture #3

The term “Hearing Impaired” is offensive? “Hearing Impaired” was once considered to be the politically correct term for someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, but has since fallen out of favor. The word “impaired” is being used less and less to describe people, and rightfully so as “impaired” is defined as “weakened, diminished, […]

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