Several resources exist for students, family members, and professionals who are learning American Sign Language (ASL). The following list is not comprehensive but instead provides a sample of available resources.

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ASL Standards

ASL Content Standards for Kindergarten Through Grade 12

Gallaudet University developed the K-12 ASL Standards to ensure that children who are DHH acquire and learn ASL in much the same way that hearing children in the United States acquire and learn English. ASL standards were developed to do more than just ensure students who are DHH become fluent in ASL. The standards also support students’ use of ASL for critical thinking.

ASL Dictionaries

Signing Savvy

Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary that contains several thousand high-resolution videos of ASL signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used in the United States and Canada.

ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide

This dictionary and guide shows thousands of signs in crisp color video and links them to sentences that demonstrate how they change to convey different meanings. This powerful program has many interactive features for learning and studying ASL. Subscription service is required.

MasterTech

MasterTech is a basic dictionary of ASL terms that features both animated and text definitions.

CommTechLab

CommTechLab is a basic ASL dictionary from Michigan State University that features searchable animated and text definitions.

ASLPro.com

This website offers free ASL video dictionaries and quizzes.

HandSpeak

HandSpeak is a basic dictionary of ASL terms that has both animated and text definitions. Other resources include translation, fingerspelling, culture, ASL writing, and a library.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

This website offers free access to a large collection of online ASL learning materials.

American Sign Language University

ASL University offers free ASL video dictionaries, lessons, and fingerspelling practice.

ASL Deafined

This interactive website is for anyone who wants to learn ASL. This site was developed to help students improve their English grammar, for parents to improve their sign language skills, and for the community at large to learn to sign.

ASL Nook

ASL Nook is an online hub of videos where a Deaf family teaches ASL in a casual, fun manner.

Signing Times

This interactive website teaches children of all abilities and ages how to communicate using ASL through original songs, music, captivating video clips, and animation.

SignOn Connect

SignOn is an interactive platform that connects the hearing and Deaf communities through authentic learning interactions.

ASL Curricula

Sign It!

Sign It! is an innovative new online curriculum for learning ASL. The curriculum is free for parents/guardians who have a child who is DHH and is three years of age or younger.

ASL Connect

Gallaudet University offers ASL Connect, a site that provides highly engaging and interactive courses in basic ASL and Deaf studies.

Start ASL

This website offers a comprehensive way to learn American Sign Language online with a full curriculum.

American Sign Language Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (ASL CIA)

This resource provides teaching materials for three focused areas: curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The site fosters an environment of sharing and providing educational ASL resources for students who are DHH from early childhood through 12th grade. There is a small yearly fee to subscribe.