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American Sign Language & Interpreter Training Free Web Resources
Online News & Information in ASL
- ASLized fosters the integration of American Sign Language (ASL) educational research into visual media and literacy. The main objective is to produce teaching and learning materials in ASL with two focuses: 1.) ASL literature, preserving culture and history and 2.) ASL Linguistics, promoting a better understanding of the complex structure and use of sign languages.
- The Daily Moth
- The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The Deaf host, Alex Abenchuchan, covers trending stories and Deaf topics with a twist of humor and Deaf culture.
- The Sign Language Channel. The Deaf Professional Artist Network (D-PAN) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit based in Detroit, MI. D-PAN is dedicated to promoting professional development and access to the entertainment, visual and media arts fields for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
- Sign1News is the first and only digital network, partnered with world news leader CNN, to offer on-line news and information in American Sign Language. Sign1News provides equal access to local, regional and national news and information to the Deaf and hard of hearing community via a daily post-produced broadcast.
- Described & Captioned Media Program
- Funded by the US Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf, the website provides equal access to learning and resources for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Access to hundreds of described and captioned educational media is available. A free account creation is required to access videos beyond the preview feature.
ASL Vocabulary & Fingerspelling Resources
- ASL Specialized Signs
- A visual ASL dictionary for Automotive, Electrical, and Welding signs created by ACC's Interpreter Services Department.
- ASL Clear
- a project from The Center for Research and Training (CRT) at the Learning Center for the Deaf aims to create new signs for STEM fields and collect them in a visual dictionary
- ASL-STEM Forum
- The ASL-STEM Forum is part of a research venture at the University of Washington which seeks to remove a fundamental obstacle currently in the way of deaf scholars, both students and professionals. The forum currently has 3265 signs in the advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields.
- This is the website of a project that works to create and compile in a visual dictionary new ASL signs for vocabulary used in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields (though there are also entries for subjects like Art and Literature)
- Great tool of fingerspelling comprehension. This online fingerspelling tool, from Dr. Bill Vicars. Also available as a fee based app for iOS.
Selected ASL, Deaf Culture, & Informational Websites
- ASL Education
- The Center for Research and Training (CRT) at The Learning Center for the Deaf researches, creates, and supports ASL-centric educational tools for deaf and hard of hearing students.
- ASL Literacy
- Includes information and resources related to literacy for students who are deaf or hard of hearing
- National Black Deaf Advocates - (NBDA)
- The official advocacy organization for thousands of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing Americans. See also the Black Deaf History page for access to additional resources and information.
- BEI (Board for Evaluation of Interpreters) Study Guides - Texas Heath & Human Services
- The Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) certification program is responsible for testing and certifying the skill level of individuals seeking to become certified interpreters in Texas. These study guides do not provide instruction; the purpose is to familiarize you with the general format, content and evaluation criteria used in the tests.
- Southwest College for the Deaf
- The Southwest College for the Deaf at Howard College (Big Spring, TX) is the country's only self contained community college educational environment serving deaf and hard of hearing students