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5 Tips to Learning Sign Language – videos included


Sign language is popular! Why? Because, this past year, Nyle DiMarco not only took top honors as America’s Next Top Model, but also won with partner, Peta Murgatroyd, Dancing with the Stars ! An amazing feat for anyone to win BOTH in a single year, let alone a lifetime. Even more astonishing is that the dance award was given to a man who happens not to hear!

So, thank you Nyle for making ASL cool and motivating scores of hearing people to want to learn more about the Deaf community and sign language!

Related: See the dances and scores from #DWTS here

If you are one of those people who would love to learn the basics of sign language, but don’t know where to start – let me help! I put together a series of videos available on my YouTube channel and just added my 5 TIPS to LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE (also posted below)

Will you accept the ASL CHALLENGE?


Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too! Starting tomorrow, October 1st, I will be hosting a 31 days, 31 ASL CHALLENGE on YouTube. It is my goal to teach people FREE how to communicate using basic sign language. The signs will be geared for daily living and school terminology with a sprinkle of signs in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. Sign language has traditionally been considered only used within the Deaf community. However, more and more children and adults with Autism and Down Syndrome are now learning sign for communication, too!

What are you doing October 16th at 10:16 a.m.?


On October 16th at 10:16 in the morning, I will be joining the 9.2 million Californians and 19 million worldwide (and counting) individuals who are planning on stopping EVERYTHING to participate in the SHAKE OUT earthquake and tsunami drill!

Registration is EASY and the whole drill only takes a few minutes. WOW – five minutes to practice how to be safe when a disaster strikes! And, for you non-west coast folks – don’t think that earthquakes are just “our thing”. If memory recalls correctly – one of the most recent earthquakes of a magnitude greater than 5.0 in the United States happened in Virginia!

ASL Holiday Signs


On behalf of SIGNING FAMILIES we wish all a happy holiday season. Here are some common words in American Sign Language (ASL) for this time of year. For more information about sign language or to learn how to sign – please visit our website or our FACEBOOK page where nearly 5000 people visit and share. There you will find scores of links to our ASL videos on YouTube and much much, more!

ENJOY!

~Louise

Have an ASL Mother’s Day!


It seemed only appropriate that I honor Mom’s everywhere by sharing some of my favorite photos of Signing Families kid models demonstrating signs for MOM/MOMMY, LOVE and CARE/ CARING.

To learn more sign language please visit YouTube and Ustream for our SIGNING FAMILIES free access videos. (SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION HAS MANY SIGNS)