"I love you." "What can I get you?" "Let's take a walk."
Wanting to say simple things like these but not being able to is frustrating and disheartening—but learning how to communicate can be easy and fun! This book is a basic guide to the alphabet, vocabulary, and techniques it takes to connect using American Sign Language. Whether signing out of necessity or learning for the sake of growing, you will enjoy this practical primer. After reading this book, you will be able to use American Sign Language in a social, educational, or professional setting. Whether the goal is to communicate with hearing-impaired grandparent, a child with special needs in school, or an infant, people learn sign language for many different reasons. Easy to read and reference—and complete with images and examples of common signs —this basic guide allows you to make a meaningful connection that's otherwise impossible.
Irene Duke (Mashpee, MA) is an adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College, where she has established and teaches the American Sign Language program. She is also a sign language consultant, ADA advisor, and a professional instructor for school systems public and private. She also establishes onsite ASL courses, workshops, and lectures throughout New England. Her areas of expertise are ADA compliance, early education, special needs, and medical sign language. She is the mother of a profoundly deaf adult son and strives to bring about awareness of the various applications and benefits of sign language.