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American Sign

Language
The Basics

American Sign Language


A sign is a gesture or movement that
conveys a concept. Each sign is made with
a specific hand configuration or
handshape, placed at various locations on
or near the signers body. If the handshape
, movement, or location changes, the
meaning of the sign also changes.

EYE CONTACT
ASL is a visual language
While conversing in ASL one MUST maintain full eye
contact
Do NOT look at the signers HANDS
Meaning will be lost if eye contact is broken

Body
Locations

Signs are made from the top of the


head down to the torso

Imagine a rectangle being drawn


from your head down to your torso.

Signs must be made within this


rectangle or they become difficult
to see and meaning will be lost.

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