ASLdeafined Weekly Newsletter – Back2School Prep, Marlee Matlin, & More!

ASLdeafined Weekly Newsletter – 8/3/2018



Almost Time for School!

It’s that time of year again- shopping endless Back2School sales, helping to stock up the tissues for the classroom, and getting ready to get back to those awesome ASL classes! Some of you may already be back in school, but luckily ASLdeafined has you covered.

This year you’ll notice a few more activities in our lessons that reinforce ‘trouble’ concepts, including handshape and location quizzes. We’ve also been adding more vocabulary to the dictionary, as well as new variations to signs! Our friendly Deaf Instructors are always there to help you when you need it, 24/7.

Remember, with ASLdeafined you have access to:

Students: Even if your teachers don’t use ASLdeafined you can contact us about getting accounts for a reduced cost. Email us at



Marlee Matlin, via Wikipedia

Deaf History Spotlight of the Week: Marlee Matlin! 

She lost the majority of her hearing due to a malformed cochlea (an organ in the ear) before the age of two, and (like many deaf individuals) is the only deaf person in her family. Matlin is also Jewish, and learned to read Hebrew phonetically so that she could recite her portion of the Torah at her Bat Mitzvah. She started her career on the stage early after being cast as Dorothy in the International Center on Deafness and the Arts (ICODA) children’s theater production of The Wizard of Oz. She was then discovered by produce Henry Winkler and cast her infamous role in Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Matlin is the only deaf individual to win an Academy Award, from her role in Children of a Lesser God Matlin appeared in several TV shows, including reccurring roles in Blue’s CluesThe West Wing, and Switched at Birth. She also has several brief appearances in shows such as Seinfeld, ER, and Law & Order: SVU.

In addition to her film career she is a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf and regularly advocates for deaf rights, which we are still dealing with today. Matlin is also the author of four books, including I’ll Scream Later (autobiography) and Deaf Child Crossing (fiction).



Favorites Tab, via ASLdeafined’s Mobile APP

What’s New With ASLdeafined?

Now that we are heading back to school, ASLdeafined is ready now more than ever! Thanks to key features developed in the last year students and teachers are able to utilize the site and make learning American Sign Language a breeze. For students, you are able to save your favorite vocabulary to review later for quizzes with ease. With our ASLdeafined mobile app you can even review these videos on the bus!

Teachers will love our updated curriculum, now including more lessons that reinforce important concepts (such as handshapes and location). Teachers will also find that we have updated the dictionary to include more signs, and now have a completely user-friendly system of tracking student scores. 

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Handshape of the Week – F!

The F-handshape looks a lot like the commonly used “OK gesture”, with the thumb touching the forefinger and all remaining fingers extended (as demonstrated below in the sign for FIND).

Other words that include the F-handshape:

Major (college)