American Sign Language (ASL) Resources

After many years of knowing just some basics, I am trying to learn more American Sign Language (ASL). You might have noticed that in our new book, HIDE AND SHH!, the main character, Dinah, and her sister, Chloe, use ASL to aid communication. So, I decided it might be a good idea to add some resources for learning ASL but my Educational Resources page is pretty packed. Also, I'd like to share more actual videos directly, so it only seems logical to build a new page for them.

For a quick tool to look up the ASL sign for individual words and phrases, check out Handspeak.com!

Check back regularly for updates, and don't forget to pop over to my Kid Lit for Kids page to view some great ASL story times and interpretations! They're AMAZING!

>> Jump to Beginner ASL Course in Free Online Videos

>> Jump to ASL Basics: Alphabet, Numbers 1-100, Days of the Week videos.

>> Jump to signs for colors.

>> Jump to signs for family, friends, and related.

>> Jump to signs for greetings, introductions, and farewells.

>> Jump to signs for question words.

>> Jump to "I am learning sign language."

>> Jump to online resources.

>> Jump to local (Dayton, Ohio, area) resources.

Beginner ASL Course in Free Online Videos

First up, here's a great free online video Beginner American Sign Language (ASL) Course. I'm just starting to supplement the in-person class I'm doing. The first set of videos are made by the makers of the course.

 
 

ASL Basics: Alphabet, Days of the Week, Numbers 1-50

Next, I love these videos. They're such great starters. Doesn't she do an awesome job?

This one goes through 1 to 100 and then beyond! To 100 and beyond! Har!

 

Color Signs

Here are two fun videos I found to help learn colors in ASL!

 

Family and Friend Signs

Here are two fun videos I found to help learn family members, friends, and related concepts in ASL!

Greetings, Introductions, and Farewells 

Here are two fun videos I found to help learn family members, friends, and related words in ASL! At around 3:00 in the 20+ Basic video, the instructor demonstrates how to say, "I am learning to sign."

 
 

Question Signs

I found these to be really helpful videos for learning and practicing basic question word signs (Who, What, Where, When, Why, How) with some instruction in how to order signs when asking a question.

"I am learning sign language!" and "Sign slowly, please."

These might come in handy if, like me, you're learning ASL and want to let someone know. The third video has these and signs for other conversational words and phrases, including "my name is," "please," "sorry," "I understand," and "I don't understand."

 
 

Online ASL Resources

Following are some great websites I have found.

  • ASL Resources 
    Not to be redundant, but this website has a wealth of free resources, including many video lessons.

  • American Sign Language (ASL) from National Institutes of Health
    This page answers some FAQs, such as What Is ASL? and How Does ASL Compare with Spoken Language?

  • Visual Language from the American Society for Deaf Children
    The parent website provides information on programs as well as resources for deaf children and their communities, including classes. This page explains ASL and provides links to recent videos and articles.

  • ASL Teaching Resources
    This website provides materials and resources for educators in the deaf community or working with deaf students and their families.

  • ASL University
    ASL University provides a searchable database of signs as well as video instruction for students and teachers of ASL.

  • American Sign Language Dictionary
    This website is an online ASL dictionary in which you can look up words and find video demonstrations of corresponding or related signs.

  • Handspeak
    This is another searchable online ASL dictionary with video tutorials for signs.

  • National Association of the Deaf
    NAD provides a wealth of information and resources for the deaf community and about deaf culture.

  • ASL Storytelling
    This link appears on my Kid Lit for Kids page, too. This You Tube channel from Statewide Outreach Center features a playlist of video ASL interpretations of picture books.

  • ASLized!
    Video ASL story performances and more! There's lots to browse and learn on this You Tube channel. 

  • ASL Meredith
    This You Tube channel features video instruction in ASL with a certified instructor of ASL who has an M.A. in Teaching ASL as a Foreign Language and a B.A. in Linguistics with a focus on sign language.

  • ASL Basics from Learn How to Sign
    This You Tube channel also provides video instruction in ASL from a certified ASL teacher and certified educational interpreter. who holds a M.Ed. in Deaf Education.

  • The Silent Talk: Sign Language and Down Syndrome
    I love this blog post Cedar's Story: Changing Perceptions of Down Syndrome not only because it explains a little about why children who have DS can benefit from learning and using ASL but also because the video of Cedar signing with Mom by the campfire is just awesome.

  • Asl.ms
    This fingerspelling tool is a great way to practice understanding words spelled in ASL to you (or testing your ability to translate fingerspelling).

Local to Dayton, Ohio, ASL Resources

Following are some resources I have found in and around my community.

  • ASLize Your Life
    This deaf-run, deaf-owned business provides virtual-on-Zoom individual instruction and group classes in ASL. You can also find Jess, the owner/instructor, on Facebook and on Instagram

  • Community Services for the Deaf
    Part of the Family Services Association, CSD provides support and instructional services, including in-person and online ASL classes. This brochure provides an overview of their programs and associated contact information.

  • Deaf Community Resource Center 
    DCRC provides a variety of local support services for the deaf community, including early intervention, vocational support, kids' camps, and in-person and online ASL classes (for deaf and hearing persons).

  • Miami Valley Interpreters, LLC
    MVI provides paid language interpretation services, including ASL, in the Miami Valley.