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Would it help if you could learn some signs to communicate more easily with our deaf students and colleagues?

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Would it help if you could learn some signs to communicate more easily with our deaf and hard of hearing students and colleagues?  Did you know that the entire RIT community has access to an ASL/English sign language video dictionary?

 

  • Help is just a click away.  Check out the ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide
  • Sign in with your RIT Login.  Click logon (not subscribe) and if you get the security warning, click “no”… you don’t need extra security for a dictionary. 
  • Now you should see a screen that says ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide at the top and below that, words to the left and a video screen to the right.
  • Type in the word you want to find above the words listed or scroll down to the word. Remember, not all words are able to be translated into sign language so if your word doesn’t show up, think of one that has a similar meaning and enter that.
  • You can choose whether you want to see the sign in ASL or Signed English.
  • Next you should see a video of a person using the sign for the word you have selected. 
  • Easy? You bet! Seeing the production of a sign makes it much easier to learn than just seeing it on paper.
  • Save the URL to your favorites or you can always go to www.rit.edu/staffcouncil and click on resources.  We’ve put a link there for your convenience.
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