Resources and Support for Teachers
of American Sign
Download Braille and ASL Specialty Fonts - A wide selection of free downloadable fonts for both ASL and Braille.
"ASL University" (Lifeprint.com) is the Web site of William Vicars, Ed.D, Associate Professor ASL & Deaf Studies at California State University. ASLU is an online curriculum resource center. ASLU provides free self-study materials and lessons as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses.
SOUNDKEEPERS American Sign Language Alphabet - Type a short message in the text box and click on "Make a Sign Language Card". It will create a personalized card with your words translated to American Sign Language Alphabet.
Basic ASL, 100 first signs: American Sign Language (ASL) - This page contains links to about a hundred basic ASL signs that are frequently used between parents and their young children. Also see the ASL Dictionary on this Web site.
The Michigan State University's ASL Browser - an online American Sign Language (ASL) browser where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs and learn. Interesting things about them. Well done and easy to use. Requires the Quicktime plug-in.
A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms - A dictionary with close to 1300 words and expressions in sign language.
HandSpeak Visual Languages - Why learn visual languages? - A series of articles on the topic.
About American Sign Language by Karen Nakamura - Table of Contents: ASL Linguistics; ASL as a foreign language; Learning ASL and ASL Educational Programs; ASL Dictionaries.
ASL Browser - "...Michigan State University's ASL Browser Web site, an online American Sign Language (ASL) browser where you can look up video of thousands of ASL signs and learn interesting things about them."
International Bibliography of Sign Language - this extensive bibliography was compiled by a team of researchers at the Institute of German Sign Language and Communication of the Deaf University of Hamburg.
"The bibliography contains 36,000 titles of academic literature and 4,800 abstracts... It focuses on modern sign language research. Beyond that, the bibliography records text related to Deaf culture, sign language interpreting as well as education of the deaf. The bibliography does not only refer to monographic books and readers, but also to articles in readers and journals. Being an adequate medium in sign language research, videos as well as digital media are also recorded."
Sign Language Studies - "It is the only journal that focuses exclusively on the study of sign language and the people who use it. It shows, with each issue, that Bill's definition of American Sign Language is the same kind of definition that one would have of any language." – I. King Jordan, President of Gallaudet University
Sign Language Dictionary - A dictionary of aviation and aerospace related animated signs with brief written comments explaining of each of the terms.
British sign language, BSL dictionary learn online - A virtual guide to British Sign Language for young children, their families, teachers and carers.
Some Sign Language Alphabets from all over the world - Graphics illustrating the Sign language Alphabets
The American Sign Language Alphabet
The British Two Handed Manual Alphabet for Sighted Deaf People
The Greek Sign Language Alphabet
The German, Finger Manual Alphabet
The Lorm Deafblind Manual Alphabet
The Norwegian Manual Alphabet
The Russian Manual Alphabet
The Spanish Sign Language Alphabet
The Swedish Manual Alphabet