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American Sign Language Resource Guide

Millions of people throughout the world are faced with challenges that others do not have to face. For example, people who are vision impaired or hearing impaired are living in a world where they do not have the same ability to see or hear as others. Many other people face other physical disabilities where they may not have use of limbs, that others do. These hurdles make everyday life more difficult for people that have disabilities, however, advancements have made it possible for people with disabilities to be able to communicate.

For the hearing impaired, one of the advancements that has occurred is the development of the American Sign Language. ASL, as it is known, offers the hearing impaired individual the opportunity to communicate the spoken word through signing. Signing is the interpretation of sound into visual signs that can be read by someone else. While the exact origin of ASL is up for debate, it is believed by many to have begun in the 1800’s at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut.

ASL has become a very crucial part of the lives of the hearing impaired. Through the use of sign language, people are able to communicate with others in order to live a fuller life. To learn more about ASL, we have gathered a number of helpful resources. Please feel free to review this information and share this page with others who are looking to learn more about ASL.