What is National ASL Day?

National ASL Day is a day of observance celebrating American Sign Language.

On April 15, 1817, the first lasting school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language. This process brought forth modern American Sign Language.

We want to honor our unique heritage in ASL, and open opportunities for our community through this holiday.

Are you interested in joining us? Check out How Do We Celebrate National ASL Day?

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