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Fingerspelling History

Fingerspelling History

By Brenda Cartwright
Thursday, December 1, 2022

ASL fingerspelling has interesting historical roots. Read the article to learn about the history behind the hand shapes.
Top Thanksgiving Tip: Better Conversations Using Sign Language

Top Thanksgiving Tip: Better Conversations Using Sign Language

By Jillian Winn
Sunday, November 20, 2022 (Modified from original published 11-25-2019)

Classifications of Deafness By Age

Classifications of Deafness By Age

By Marta Belsky and Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Classifications are used to categorize deafness based on WHEN someone becomes deaf. Read the article to learn the terminology for these classifications.
Do deaf people ever wish they were hearing?

Do deaf people ever wish they were hearing?

By Marta Belsky
Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Read this thoughtful commentary on whether or not deaf people wish to be hearing.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same — Calendar Signs

Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same — Calendar Signs

By Brenda Cartwright
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings. The signs discussed in this article include calendar signs: (1) Day vs. Today, (2) Tomorrow vs. Yesterday, (3) Born vs. Birthday , (4) Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, (5) Thursday vs. High School, (6) Sunday vs. Wonderful, (7) AM vs. PM, (8) Noon vs. Midnight, and (9) Afternoon vs. Night
Tips When Starting to Fingerspell

Tips When Starting to Fingerspell

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Check out these important beginning guidelines for learning to fingerspell... and know that practice is the key.
How do people become deaf?

How do people become deaf?

By Marta Belsky and Brenda Cartwright
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

There are several causes of deafness. Read the article to learn about specific causes.
2022 International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of Deaf People

2022 International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of Deaf People

By Julie Paes and Marta Belsky
Thursday, September 22, 2022

The International Day of Sign Languages will be celebrated on Friday, September 23, 2022 with the theme, "Sign Language Unites Us!" Read the article to learn more about celebrating the Day, as well as the International Week of Deaf People.
Signing Space When Fingerspelling

Signing Space When Fingerspelling

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

It is important to be consistent with your posture and hand placement to create the best signing space when fingerspelling. Check out these useful tips for best results.