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Validity of ASL Resources

  • October 10, 2017

Validity of ASL Resources You’re interested in learning American Sign Language, so naturally you look up many websites, join some Facebook Pages, watch YouTube videos and the like; all for learning to sign. But how can you tell if a resource is “real”? Here are some things to check for:   Commonality Check to see if a sign is similar across various resources, i.e. dictionaries and ASL books. There will be some variations due to regionality, but the common signs such as “please” and “thank you” are pretty standard. The sign for “Please” is a flat hand circling the middle...

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Benefits of Learning ASL

  • October 5, 2017

Benefits of Learning ASL There have been many reasons people have given for learning ASL: Friend/Relative is Deaf Want to learn for work Fulfilling a “second language” requirement for school It’s a cool language Besides being a “cool language”, there’s many benefits to learning ASL. Improves Brain Functioning Scientists have proven that learning and knowing a second language actually makes you smarter! You’ll have better memory and improve at multitasking and decision-making. It’s also been proven that it staves off Alzheimer’s and dementia, so why not learn...

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Good ASL Habits to Develop

  • September 27, 2017

Good ASL Habits to Develop Everyone knows that when learning something new that it's a good idea to start off right as habits are hard to break and it takes longer to relearn the "proper" habit. So, here's a list of good habits to have while using ASL: Mistakes If you made a fingerspelling or sign mistake it's often habit to "erase" it with your hand (waving in the air). Don't do this, just pause or shake your head no and start again, or sign MISTAKE and continue again. Fingerspelling Another habit to avoid is while fingerspelling, don't sign "J" backwards (so it looks reversed), and signing...

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The Importance of Getting a Certified Interpreter or CDI

  • September 21, 2017
The Importance of Getting a Certified Interpreter or CDI

The Importance of Getting a Certified Interpreter or CDI You may have seen all the hoopla all across different social media and in the News the last few weeks about interpreters acting during Hurricane Irma emergency briefings. Let me first explain the three types of interpreters used: Someone who “knows” Sign Language – This guy works as a Lifeguard for Manatee County, Florida who happens to have a Deaf brother. The County asked him to interpret an emergency meeting which ensued in an inept performance that no Deaf citizens could understand. Which is dangerous in an emergency situation...

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Reflections Interview

  • September 19, 2017
Reflections Interview

Siena Heights University Magazine Reflections features SignOn! From time to time, Reflections Magazine will highlight entrepreneurial alumni who have recently started business ventures within the past year. As a Siena Heights Alumni, Ashlee was interviewed by the magazine. Check out the full article here!

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5 Fun Games to Play in ASL

  • August 23, 2017
5 Fun Games to Play in ASL

5 Fun Games to Play in ASL After all your hard work learning for classes and you’ve completed all your SignOn sessions, it’s time for some fun! Image Source: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/g/game/ Here are five fun games you can play in ASL: 1. Telephone: We all remember playing the telephone game as kids. This time do it in ASL! This really works your receptive skills. If you’ve never played this, it’s a repetition game where the first person states a long sentence only to the person next to them, that person then repeats it to the third, and so on and on. Usually the first...

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5 Great Tips on Retaining your American Sign Language Skills!

  • August 2, 2017
5 Great Tips on Retaining your American Sign Language Skills!

Now that you’ve started learned American Sign Language (ASL), how do you remember it all? Unless you have an eidetic memory like Sheldon Cooper, you’re bound to forget some signs. Here are 5 great tips on remembering your ASL skills: 1. Use it Everyday and Everywhere: While you’re going about your normal day, try and fingerspell and sign everything you’re doing and looking at. Waiting for your bus? Fingerspell B-U-S and sign WAIT. Sign social media posts to yourself or to your dog. Teach your partner or a friend some sign language and you two can have a conversation in silence. 2....

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SignOn in Detroit News

  • May 25, 2017
SignOn in Detroit News

Detroit News Experiences SignOn Firsthand SignOn Deaf Ambassadors, Geo Roarke and Ben Mielke, joined Ashlee during her interview with Detroit News to demonstrate the powers of SignOn and how the program connects the deaf and hearing communities even if miles apart. The SignOn team was also able to showcase the importance of connecting hearing individuals to different Deaf Ambassadors each time they sign up for a session. Ashlee explains: The reason we do that is every deaf person has their own signing style, just like when you go to the south and people have different accents. We wanted...

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SignOn in Grosse Pointe News

  • May 5, 2017
SignOn in Grosse Pointe News

Grosse Pointe News Features Local Entrepreneur As a Grosse Pointe native, our founder Ashlee was able to spread the word about SignOn in a special feature in the local newspaper. She explains the immersive void she is filling with the SignOn program as it gives ASL learners a way to virtually connect with the Deaf community. Ashlee explains: The deaf community and culture is very unique, very special. The best person to learn sign language from is a deaf person. It's their language. Check out the full article here!

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SignOn in Metromode Detroit

  • May 5, 2017
SignOn in Metromode Detroit

Metromode Immerses in SignOn In this Metromode feature, our founder, Ashlee Trempus, explains the importance of language immersion and how SignOn acts as a virtual learning platform for anyone looking to improve their ASL skills. She also gives insight into her experience of running a business and the story behind the start of SignOn. Trempus didn't grow up wanting to become an entrepreneur, and she has an unusual path to becoming one. Her father's job in the automotive industry had the family moving all over the place, from California to Michigan to Germany and back to Michigan again. As a child...

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