American Sign Language/Bilingual-Bicultural

American Sign Language is a manual language taught as a child's primary language, with English taught as a second language. American Sign Language is recognized as a true language in its own right and does not follow the grammatical structure of English. This method is used extensively within the Deaf community, a group that views itself as having a separate culture and identity from mainstream hearing society.

For information about AG Bell's position on American Sign Language, please read our Position Statement on American Sign Language.

For more information, contact the National Association of the Deaf or the American Society for Deaf Children.