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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the sign language of the Deaf community in the United States, in the English-speaking parts of Canada, and in parts of Mexico. Because it is a manual and visual language that does not require normal hearing, deaf and hard of hearing children can easily receive and communicate information, thoughts, and feelings through ASL.

An extensive amount of information and resources related to ASL are available on the Internet. We have identified a selection that will give you an introduction to ASL and using ASL with your deaf or hard of hearing child.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders provides an overview of ASL in FAQ format:
American Sign Language

Hands and Voices gives an overview of ASL in their Communication Considerations for deaf and hard of hearing children:
American Sign Language from Hands and Voices

The Clerc Center discusses considerations for the use of ASL with deaf and hard of hearing children who have cochlear implants:
ASL for Children with Cochlear Implants

Taking ASL classes and interacting with deaf people is the best way to learn ASL. Here's where to begin:
American Sign Language classes

Online resources for learning ASL:
Learning ASL: Books and online resources

Specialty items and gifts related to ASL:
Specialty items