Videos from the Deaf Community:
I'm a big fan of the following resources!
Video Lessons - excellent for beginners, and family-friendly! SignRadar.com
Adorable and comfortable ASL-inspired apparel and accessories: bymara.com
More on Instagram: The ASL App, Signed with Heart, ASL Elements, NY Deaf Theatre, Sign Language Center, Jeremy Lee Stone, The Daily Moth, Rings and Coffee, The Flipside Show, ASL SLAM, ASL Ballers, Dack Virnig, CM7 Deaf Film Camp, DPAN TV
If you're looking for books or DVD resources for self-learning, find my recommendations below!
These are all items that I've personally used and recommend for teaching and learning. My students have loved them!
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MEMOIRS and HISTORICAL BOOKS
Deaf Again by Mark Drolsbaugh
This memoir provides a first-hand account of Marks’ experience becoming Deaf and discovering what that means for him. This is required reading for all my ASL I students, because it really provides a comprehensive yet introductory look into the Deaf culture and experience. Even better, they always love it!
For Hearing People Only by Matthew S. Moore & Linda Levitan
When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf
By Harlan Lane
Interested in learning more about the origins of ASL in America? Love the folklore about Clerc and Gallaudet? Then this is for you. It's dense but thorough -- you'll learn a ton in this extensive historical volume.
Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard
By Nora Ellen Groce
Groce traces the fascinating history of the use of sign language in the old Martha's Vineyard population, which had a remarkably high incidence of Deafness.
Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture
By Carol A. Padden and Tom L. Humphries
Signs and Voices: Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts
Edited by by Kristin A. Lindgren, Doreen DeLuca, Donna Jo Napoli
(Advanced and SO interesting)
TRAIN GO SORRY: Inside a Deaf World
By Leah Hager Cohen
Inside Deaf Culture by Carol A. Padden
Deaf American Poetry: An Anthology
Edited by John Lee Clark
TEXTBOOKS and DICTIONARIES
Signing Naturally, Student Workbook - Units 1-6 - My favorite beginner workbook for learning and practicing ASL with native signer demonstrations. Best used in conjunction with class practice and review.
Signing Naturally, Student Workbook - Units 7-12 - Once you've completed Units 1-6, move onwards and upwards to Units 7-12!
Master ASL: Level 1 - This textbook is well suited to grade school and high school students, with excellent pictures and practice exercises.
Master ASL: Fingerspelling, Numbers, and Glossing - Fingerspelling and numbers are one of the biggest challenges for ASL learners. This workbook provides clear and useful instruction and practice exercises.
Learning American Sign Language: Levels I and II - Less attractive design/user-friendly than other textbooks, but the content is top-notch!! Well-explained information about signs, culture, and especially grammar.
Linguistics of American Sign Language - This advanced textbook examines the complex but concrete structures that make up ASL.
American Sign Language Dictionary - Incredibly comprehensive dictionary! Often includes multiple variations of a sign if another version is common. Great illustrations. A solid resource to quickly search for a word.
Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths - Useful dictionary for all religious and spiritual terminology. It's not specific to one religion; you'll find a wide variety of religious vocabulary for all faiths.
The Joy of Signing - A perfect starter dictionary to establish a basic foundation of essential vocabulary.
MOVIES and DOCUMENTARIES
See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary - This film takes you into the lives of four entertainers who happen to be Deaf. You'll watch an empathize with an actor, a comedian, a singer, and a drummer, all seeking success and encountering unique obstacles in an already tough industry.
Through Deaf Eyes - If you want to learn about Deaf history and culture, this is exactly where you should start. Perfect for a beginner, this documentary covers a wide range of topics pertaining to ASL, Deaf individuals, education, discrimination, and more.
Sound and Fury - Confused about all the fuss regarding Cochlear Implants? This documentary took place in the early days of the technology and sheds light on some of the key controversies, as a family makes some tough decisions.
Audism Unveiled - See through the eyes of Deaf people from varied social, racial, and educational backgrounds as they share their experiences with audism - that is, the notion that one's ability to hear and speak makes them superior. Learn about the damage this ideology can cause.
Children of a Lesser God
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Sample videos from my free YouTube Channel:
Get started with basic beginner conversational vocabulary
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