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American Sign Language (ASL)

Guide to resources in support of the ASL Department's majors in ASL-English Interpretation (BA), Deaf Studies (BA) and ASL Studies Minor at Columbia College Chicago.

Finding Videos

"Finding Videos," recorded November 2020, 6 minutes. 

Featured videos

ASL poetry : selected works of Clayton Valli.

Twenty-one of Valli's poems are signed using a wide variety of styles. Kuntze guides the viewer through the poems' meanings and gives insight on the fairly new medium of poetry written in American Sign Language.

An introduction to the Deaf community

Provides a basic overview of the culture of Deaf people and American sign language in America. Designed to debunk stereotypes, and provide information about national and international organizations of and for Deaf people.

See what I'm saying

A comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer, who are all well-known entertainers in the Deaf community, are followed as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate success.

Signing Black in America : a documentary

Black ASL is the unique dialect of American Sign Language (ASL) that developed within historically segregated African American Deaf communities. Largely unknown to outsiders, Black ASL has become a symbol of solidarity and a vital part of identity within the Black Deaf community.

Through Deaf eyes

Explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. Presents the experiences of American history from the perspective of Deaf citizens. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven throughout the documentary that compliment the core of the film.