ASL: Communication and Community

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ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is a natural, complete language and has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages. ASL’s grammar differs from the English one. ASL is expressed by movements of the hands and face. ASL is the main language for many Americans who are hard of hearing or deaf. Also, it is used by many hearing people in order to communicate with deaf people.

Sign language might be different based on the country. There is no universal Sign Language. In North-America we have American Sign Language (ASL) and in Britain we find British Sign Language (BSL). British who know BSL might not be able to communicate with ASL speakers.

This program is available as an e-learning course lecture. The course is designed for employees and teams who work with the Deaf community and patients or clients who speak ASL. The aim of the course is to increase understanding and awareness of Deaf culture, community, and the different dialects used by the Deaf community, particularly in the Philadelphia area. This course was created in collaboration with several members of the Deaf community in Philadelphia.


The course includes proper terminology for working with Deaf/deaf patients and the differences between “big and small D modality,” how to request the correct American Sign Language interpreters to meet your client or patient needs, and an overview of ASL itself: its roots and cultural significance. The course also gives a brief overview of the history of ASL and the Deaf community, the manualism v oralism debate, ASL in schools, learning ASL, the hiring process for ASL interpreters, the ethics of hearing aid technology, and several personal experience stories.

Duration and format

The course is timed to last for 60-75 minutes. This e-learning version of the course is in the style of a self-led college lecture: slides with broad information, examples, and graphs that are fully narrated. The e-learning program is entirely online and easily accessible from our e-learning platform—no downloads or special permissions required. The information is updated regularly to meet current standards. ASL: Communication and Community is further customizable to fit your organization’s needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information using the below form.


This course has a cost of $90.