Deaf Popular Culture

In our blogs we have often used the term Deaf Culture, but that takes on a little different meaning if you just add the word “Pop” in between. There are certain very recognizable celebrities in Deaf Pop Culture, such as the famous actress Marlee Matlin, who has starred in a successful film version of Children of a Lesser God (1986), originally published as a play in 1980 by Mark Medoff. Marlee has also been featured in several TV shows, including recent reality hits like The Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars. Speaking of Children of the Lesser God, actress Phyllis Frelich won a Tony Award for her role in the stage production. Do you want to know what else is incredible? Lou Ferrigno, American actor and body builder, well known for his role as the Incredible Hulk in the 1970’s and 80’s is also a Deaf individual.

Those in the Deaf community are more likely to know the name of I. King Jordan, but hearing people should learn more about this first Deaf president of Gallaudet University and the interesting history surrounding it (our next set of blogs will focus on history, so you may see more on that here too). Additionally, Heather Whitestone is worth noting for being the first Deaf woman to win the title of Miss America!  So what is stopping you from digesting that next American Sign Language (ASL) lesson? You never know when you might run into the next stage or screen star in the Deaf community.

Features of ASLdeafined

There are numerous American Sign Language websites online.  And, you may not know which website to use.  Here at ASLdeafined, we try to meet the needs of all our users.  Listed below are many of our wonderful features we offer to every subscriber.  If there is something you would like to see on our site, please send us an email.  We would be glad to consider it.  Our email address is

Features of Video technology – 21st Century

  • Themed Lessons(140 + lessons) – 24/7 (always online)
    • 15 words per lesson
    • 4 retention exercises
    • New lessons added frequently – continuously evolving
  • Periodic Quizzes and Reviews
    • Constantly reviewing learned vocabulary and concepts
  • Individualized progress chart(students have their own username and password)
    • Every completed activity is scored and recorded
    • Instant feedback from completed activities
    • Excellent for progress monitoring
  • Fingerspelling
    • Starts off with 3-letter words and goes to 8-letter words (increase in speed)
    • Detect fingerspelling within an ASL phrase
  • Spelling (English – unscramble the word activity)
  • ASL grammar lessons
    • ASL to English
    • English to ASL
  • Deaf Culture and history
  • Story time
    • with comprehension questions
    • Based on learned vocabulary
  • Customizable vocabulary bank
    • Over 10,000 words to choose from
  • Synonyms with words(ASL is based on concept)
    • One sign could have multiple synonyms (car:  automobile, vehicle, transportation)
  • Automatic vocabulary review (based on customized vocabulary bank)
  • Customizable favorite pages
    • Favorite lessons
    • Favorite pages
    • Favorite activities
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Multiple meaning words(Concept words)
    • Multiple meaning word activity  – checking for comprehension
  • ASL syntax / grammar
  • Classifiers
    • Samples of how to use classifiers
  • Common phrases used in ASL
  • Non-manual markers

Word of the Day!

To learn any language, it is important to constantly learn vocabulary.  When learning American Sign Language, we encourage you to learn as much as possible.  At ASLdeafined, we have about 9,000 + words in our ASL Video Dictionary, with synonyms.  Our dictionary is one-of-a-kind!

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American Sign Language Dictionary

An American Sign Language dictionary can be of great benefit.  Many people have emailed us asking about our ASL dictionary.  Our American Sign Language dictionary is pretty extensive with 9,000 + video words.  In addition, ASLdeafined has incorporated synonyms next to the base words.  As many of you already know, one sign can have many meanings in the English language.  Also, if there is a word that is not in our dictionary that you would like to know how it is signed, you can request it to ASLdeafined.   Finally, if you have feedback about our ASL dictionary, please email us your comments.   We are always receptive to your comments and concerns.

Using ASLdeafined as a Resource

ASLdeafined was established to eliminate the deficiency in English skills among deaf students.  It also serves as another avenue for parents of deaf children to enhance their knowledge and skills in regards to American Sign Language (ASL).  Additionally, ASLdeafined was created to allow those wishing to learn sign language, to learn it online, with 24/7 access.

 ASLdeafined has benefited a countless number of individuals in their quest to learn American Sign Language.  Listed below is a partial list of some of the features of this ever-expanding resource, and a partial list of those who use our website:

 Features of ASLdeafined:

  • Themed lessons (ASL video technology)
  • Retention exercises
  • Individualized progress chart
  • ASL story time lessons with comprehension questions
  • Fingerspelling practice and lessons
  • Multiple meaning word lessons
  • American Sign Language (ASL) grammar
  • English to ASL lessons
  • ASL quiz lessons
  • ASL vocabulary review lessons
  • 9,000 + video dictionary with synonyms
  • Much more

 Who Uses 

  • Public and private schools
  • American Sign Language clubs
  • Church organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Home schools
  • Daycares
  • Girl and Boy scouts
  • Future interpreters for the deaf
  • Parents with deaf children
  • Deaf students
  • Teachers for the deaf
  • College classes of American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Community members
  • Deaf schools
  • Interpreting agencies
  • Current interpreters