American Sign Language (ASL) is an approved and fully functioning language. English and ASL are two vastly different languages. ASL uses various handshapes, space, body movements and facial expressions to convey its grammar and syntax; all visual in nature. These visual components give the viewer an increased level of comprehension.
Using ASL signs to represent the English language is not a sign language, but simply a sign system created to match spoken English. This practice remains popular and greatly limits the learning of ASL with all its fully visual aspects, including comprehension.
Signs for Hope endeavors to provide the strongest ASL based resources, without the English constraints. If you know of ASL resources meeting this standard and you do not see them shared here, please contact us and let us know so we can include them for everyone’s benefit.
Signs for Hope will begin creating our own ASL resources, soon!