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Seeds of Possibility:
Cultivating Innovation in ASL Education

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Embracing Change and Growth

What if we could redefine the way American Sign Language (ASL) is taught and learned beyond native signing families? At ASL Flurry, we believe in the tremendous potential for change and growth. Explore our Seeds of Possibility pages, brimming with engaging mini-lessons and resources meticulously crafted to foster academic and professional growth.

Signing With Deaf Babies

It’s never too early to start signing with your Deaf baby. Teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to your Deaf baby offers significant advantages. It provides them with a means to communicate early, reducing frustration and enhancing their ability to express needs and emotions. ASL supports language development, cognitive skills, and social interactions, laying a foundation for literacy and fostering a strong sense of identity within the Deaf community. Learning ASL empowers your baby with lifelong communication skills and enriches their overall development, promoting confidence, independence, and meaningful connections from an early age.

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Music & Theater: Translations and Insights

Step behind the curtain of artistic expression with our exploration of music and theater. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of translated performances and gain profound insights into the intersection of language and the arts. Discover the nuances of conveying emotion, narrative, and cultural context through the medium of sign language. Join us on a captivating journey where music and theater transcend linguistic boundaries, offering a unique perspective on the beauty of inclusive and accessible artistic expression.

Empowering Signing Through Technology: A Leap Forward

Embark on a journey through the remarkable progress and challenges within the Deaf community. While technology for signed language communication has seen exponential growth, legislation, and education for Deaf and hard of hearing youth lag. Current systems often hinder innovation that can drive real change. Dive into our exploration of how technology can reshape the landscape and advance signed language communication.

Decoding Interpreter Education: Insights from Industry Leaders

Interpreter education is in a state of crisis. At the end of 2018, thirty-seven leaders in the field of interpreting and interpreter education were interviewed and asked questions related to three primary themes:

  1. Is interpreter education adequate as it stands today? (Note: 35 of 37 stated that it is not; 2 participants mentioned one specific college that had recently won an award for its outstanding interpreting program.)
  2. If so, what factors are contributing to its success? If not, what factors are getting in the way of preparing ASL-English interpreters to be job-ready at graduation?
  3. Why does it matter? Why is it important to have not only adequate, but effective interpreter education? What are the stakes? 

Interviews were conducted in the interviewee’s primary language. Those conducted in English were later interpreted by a highly experienced Deaf interpreter. Voiceovers were provided for interviews conducted in ASL.

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Pro Tips for Educational Interpreters: Elevate Your Craft

Navigating the intricate world of educational interpreting demands a unique skill set and a deep commitment to facilitating meaningful communication for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf and hard of hearing students deserve more than minimally qualified entry-level interpreters.