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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Put yourself in our hands…

It would be remiss if an organization founded on the idea of building connections between communities did not acknowledge that the United States finds itself in a reportedly divided time, as is often the case during Presidential Election years. Yet, it would be equally irresponsible to chime in with opinions. That is not what we […]

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Deaf Culture #14

All deaf people use Hearing Aides? This is false.  If you have such a profound hearing loss that only the loudest of noises (think close range jumbo jet), a hearing aid would be completely ineffective.  Deaf people can have an extremely wide range of hearing loss, from very little, to profound.  Sometimes the hearing loss […]

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Deaf Culture #7

The signs for male “gender” are: The “masculine” area of the face is near the forehead.  There are mixed theories on the reason for this, some saying that it is because men tend to be taller than women, and others say that it starts with the sign for “boy” (resembling the brim of a baseball […]

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Deaf Culture #4

Cochlear Implants are widely accepted by the Deaf community? This is false, but it can be a confusing issue.  While people with Cochlear Implants are widely accepted in the Deaf community, the decision to implant yourself or your child is not accepted.  The practice of getting an implant is rejected because of what it represents.  […]

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Deaf Culture #1

Is American Sign Language universal? A common assumption about American Sign Language is that it is universal. This is, in fact, false. Just as spoken language has many variations, so does sign language. Many of the variations are members of related families of languages and many are independent of any other influences. Some of the […]

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Changing Times = Changing Signs!

First, we’re back! August was a bit of a vacation month with exciting things happening at ASLdeafined, which you’ll be hearing about via our upcoming newsletter and blogs. Meanwhile though, did you know that American Sign Language, just with any other language, changes over time? This can really Jargogle people, especially first time learners. But […]

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American Sign Language (ASL) Connection to the Girl Scouts of America

Happy New Year to all of you, and with that wish, may each of the 365 days in 2012 hold some special meaning for each of you; a phone call from a friend, or family member, or a word of good cheer while you are waiting in a long line of cranky people.  May each […]

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Do You Know What Jonelle is Saying?

Get the Flash Player to see this player. Jonelle is one of our teachers at ASLdeafined.  She is the 5th generation of deaf in her family.  She is a very talented young lady. Now, can you figure out what Jonelle is saying?  Some of you may have a difficult time because of the fingerspelling.  However, […]

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