Learning ASL

Resources for learning American Sign Language

Learning ASL with your Child

The American Society for Deaf Children has programs that will  help you learn American Sign Language. Giving your child access to a visual language like ASL will help provide a strong foudation for learning and communication that will last a lifetime.

Learning ASL in Person

Check out our ASL Weekends – a two-day workshop that will help you take your ASL skills to the next level. All skills levels welcome!

Learning ASL Online

Want to practice signing from home? Become an ASDC member and get five free sessions of SignOn with ASDC. You’ll sign in real time with a Deaf adult. You can choose your topics of conversation, schedule sessions as a time that is most convenient for you, and go back and watch your recorded sessions for more practice! SignOn also has a program for kids called “Friends Like Me” where your child can chat weekly with a group of kids their age.

In addition ASDC regularly offers online classes and webinars

Learning ASL through Reading

Find hundreds of popular children’s story books in our ASL Stories Directory. Link out to free videos of ASL interpretations of the stories. You can even watch several different interpretations of the same story! Look up books alphabetically by title or by your child’s age.

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WELCOME! Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Join us in giving the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf a warm ASDC welcome to our family of member schools. The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD)  is a non-profit, tuition-free school that provides academic and extracurricular programs to deaf...

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ASL Stories Directory
We’ve made it easy for you to find hundreds of free videos of ASL retellings of  your child’s favorite books. Search for stories by your child’s age or by the book’s title.

Practice ASL online!
Sign with a Deaf adult in real time and choose your conversation topics. Or your child can join “Friends Like Me” and chat with other deaf and hard of hearing children their age once a week. ASDC members get 5 FREE sessions (a $125 value). Not a member yet? Join ASDC.