Think of us as an American Sign Language (ASL) resource and publishing center. We are a team of people interested in equalizing the playing field among languages, especially ASL. One way to do that is to provide authors a way to release ASL videobooks online.
What's a videobook? Think of the term, "textbook". Textbooks are usually an academic, comprehensive study of a particular subject. In this case, we are publishing videobooks, in other words, ASL versions of academic, comprehensive study of a particular subject!
We are honored and proud to be the first in the world to publish an academic ASL videobook, specifically, the ASL Companion Volume of Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods textbook. This ASL videobook includes two forewords, a prologue, fourteen chapters, with a total of seventeen different signers. The publisher, chapter authors, and the co-editors of the very first academic videobook in ASL are Deaf.
Interested in publishing your ASL videobook with us? Contact us!
Easier - Sign language is a method of communication which uses hand movements and other gestures.
Harder - Sign languages are rich, complex languages capable of expressing the same scope of thoughts, feelings, intentions and complexities as spoken languages. Today, there are more than 100 sign languages in the world. The language of the majority of North American culturally Deaf people is American Sign Language (ASL). ASL uses signs composed of specific movements and shapes of the hand and arms, eyes, face, head and body posture.
American Sign Language is the fourth most commonly used language in the United States. It is a visual language with its own grammatical rules and semantics. Many public schools and universities now offer classes in and recognize ASL as a modern “foreign” language.
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