Below, you’ll find a list of local and national resources related to American sign language, the Deaf community, education for the Deaf and hard of hearing, and speech differences.

If you’re interested in volunteering for HSDC’s Seattle, Tacoma, or Bellingham offices, visit our Volunteer page to learn more.

If you’d like to learn some tips on how to communicate with Deaf and hard of hearing people, visit our Deaf 101 page.

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Learning American Sign Language (ASL)

Interested in learning American Sign Language? The most consistent source of intensive ASL classes is colleges, many of which offer nighttime options.

Like most languages, ASL is easy to learn and takes years to master. ASL is not a signed form of English. It is a unique language, with its own grammar and syntax. If you want to improve, meet Deaf and hard of hearing people who sign. Get involved with some of the local organizations listed on this page or volunteer for HSDC!

Some organizations offering ASL classes (as of March 2020):

Higher Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Scholarships and Resources

The Benefits of Bilingual Education

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

For All Children