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What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

By Marta Belsky and Brenda Cartwright
Friday, February 18, 2022

American Sign Language (ASL) is a full, natural language that has developed through use. Read the article to learn more about ASLs complex and interesting characteristics and its relationship to Deaf culture.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Alphabet

Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Alphabet

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, February 1, 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 are all from the alphabet: (1) A vs. S vs. T, (2) A vs. E, (3) E vs. O vs. C, (4) P vs. K, (5) 1 vs. D vs. K, (6) G vs. H vs. Q vs. U vs. N, (7) N vs. M, (8) R vs. U, and (9) J vs. Z
Living Loud:  I. King Jordan - First Deaf President of Gallaudet University

Living Loud: I. King Jordan - First Deaf President of Gallaudet University

By Brenda Cartwright
Monday, November 29, 2021

After a historical protest, I. King Jordan was named the 1st deaf president of the only liberal arts university for deaf students, Gallaudet University.
Living Loud: Linda Bove - Actress and Activist

Living Loud: Linda Bove - Actress and Activist

By Brenda Cartwright
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

As an actor on Sesame Street, Linda Bove had the longest-recurring role in television history for a deaf actor. Her influence helped many around the world take an interest in sign language and learn more about Deaf culture.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Iconic Signs

Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Iconic Signs

By Brenda Cartwright
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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 (1) Type vs. Piano, (2) Pencil vs. Write, (3) Ice Cream vs. Microphone, (4) Telephone vs. Cell Phone, (5) Telephone vs. Call, and (6) Tree vs. Deaf Applause.
Living Loud: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy – Major League Baseball Player Credited with Originating the Use of Baseball Signals

Living Loud: William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy – Major League Baseball Player Credited with Originating the Use of Baseball Signals

By Marta Belsky
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

William "Dummy" Hoy was one of the first deaf Major League Baseball players. He is credited with originating the use of baseball signals.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Set 13

Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same - Set 13

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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 (1) Decide vs. Court, (2) Supervise vs. Take Care Of, (3) Shoes vs. Advertise, (4) Awkward vs. Walk Fast, and (5) Race vs. Game.